I have no idea what this is, can anyone suggest an id? The insect was about 3 cm long in total.
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Its a parasitic wasp in the family Ichneumonidae. The long spike is an ovipositor used to lay eggs in the larvae of other insects.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Thank you very much, that's very helpful! I checked out the family name, and it seems that these wasps are quite a challenge to identify precisely.
Lat/Lng: 51.336, 0.562
OS grid ref: TQ785627