Mamalolo1213's picture

Redish crane fly looking bug? ID help?

Observed: 5th October 2013 By: Mamalolo1213
  • an ichneumon (Ophion/Netelia)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  • a parasitic wasp (Ichneumonidae)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    Likely ID
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


Martin Harvey's picture


Sorry Joe, hadn't refreshed my page so didn't see your identification before I added mine!

Entomologist and biological recorder

Joe Botting's picture


I confess I hadn't spotted the Californian location - must remember to always click on that button...

I'll bow to superior knowledge on the absence of sclerites on the forewing - it's a related genus I'd not come across. Not being familiar with hymenopteran terminology, what exactly are the forewing sclerites, Gav? ;o)

gavb's picture

The sclerites are these

The sclerites are these patches of cuticle (sclerotized) in the discosubmarginal cell (the big horse-head cell of the fore wing). Enicospilus species usually have from one to several of these sclerites but they are absent in some species. Look up a picture of Enicospilus ramidulus and you will see some nice sclerites. A few other nocturnal ichneumonids and braconids also have sclerites.


Gavin Broad

Joe Botting's picture

Thanks Gavin

I see 'em - that's really useful, thank you.