This solitary wasp emerged from a container where I'd been trying to rear a moth. I had no idea that it was there. Any ideas as to which species it is?
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This looks like a parasitic wasp to me - Ophion sp. or similar, in which case it's likely to be what's left of your moth!
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Yes, that's what I'd feared. The moth never emerged. The larva had been eating well and grew rapidly, then it disappeared into the soil (I thought it was going to pupate there) but as it was a species which overwinters as a pupa, I left it alone. However, the following summer, this wasp was all that emerged!
In response to gavb, I was trying to rear a Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae).
Thanks for helping me with the identification of the parasitoid.
Thank you for the host name! That's really useful, hopefully I can rear this ichneumonid again.
Nice find, Moongirl! Do you happen to have a picture of the Dot Moth caterpillar? If you do, why not add it as an interaction to the observation of the parasitoid?
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Hi Moongirl! I'm just finishing a paper on British Enicospilus and was wondering if I could have your full name, to include in the list of people who have contributed reared specimens (or photos of wasps, in your case)? Yours is still the only host record for Enicospilus combustus.
All the best,
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