Large ichneumon wasp in grassy area of coastal heath.
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Not an ichneumon wasp, but a fly. One of the conopid flies, sometimes called thick-headed flies. They are parasitic upon Bombus species.
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Thanks for the correction. I knew about the parasitising Bombus, but not that they were a fly (or had forgotten).
I am very jealous of your P. nigra! I have a bit of a thing for Conopid flies and have a couple of local sites which are good for them. Physocephala rufipes is common here, but nigra is a real rarity and is more of a northern species. I've not found one yet, so may have to venture north, next year.
We have 34 records of P. nigra in the past 20y between this earliest one (the only one in May) and 16 August, and pretty well throughout Highland. It is not common, but always brightens up a day out.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Your welcome, but can't guarantee one - only second one I've seen though not looking for them specifically. It was in same general area, part of a butterfly transect so visited weekly from Mid-May to end Sept.
Lat/Lng: 57.9346, -4.0164
OS grid ref: NH807956
Area of coastal heath.