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P1000497

Observed: 21st August 2012 By: dw549
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
dw549’s reputation in Invertebrates
P1000497
Description:

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

Its a parasitic wasp in the family Ichneumonidae. The long spike is an ovipositor used to lay eggs in the larvae of other insects.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Ichneumonidae

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.