Iris003's picture

Parasitic wasp.

Observed: 5th July 2009 By: Iris003Iris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in Invertebrates
Parasitic wasp cropped
Parasitic wasp
Description:

Strange fly, on quiche packet.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

agreed

I agree that it is a parasitic wasp, probably in family Ichneumonidae, but don't know them well enough to say any more than that.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Iris003's picture

Parasitic wasp

Dear Martin, yes, in our book on insects[Michael Chinery] there are some other possibilities but this seems the most likely.

Iris

Martin Harvey's picture

Chinery

Chinery is a fantastic book and one of the best ways to get started with insects, but inevitably it can only illustrate a small proportion of the total number of UK species, and with ichneumons there are hundreds of species that aren't in Chinery - one reason why I've never managed to make much progress with this group!

You can download a checklist of the British species of Ichneumonidae from the Biological Records Centre, but it runs to 162 pages (just for the list of names, no pictures!). They also provide a (fairly complicated) key to the subfamilies. Both these can be downloaded from:
http://www.brc.ac.uk/research.htm
(scroll to the bottom of the page under the heading "Taxonomy, phylogenetics and phylogeography")

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Entomologist and biological recorder