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Ichneumon wasp Really hard to identify, possibly  Coelichneumon sp., maybe even Coelichneumon biannulatus, but I really wouldn't like to guess. Fall,Geotagged,Ichneumon,Isle of Wight,Stenichneumon culpator,United Kingdom,insects Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Ichneumon wasp

Really hard to identify, possibly Coelichneumon sp., maybe even Coelichneumon biannulatus, but I really wouldn't like to guess.

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  1. That's a thick abdomen, about to lay eggs? Posted one year ago
    1. Ooh, I don't know, Ichneumons are very new to me. Posted one year ago
      1. Found a UK species with the same body type: Achaius oratorius.
        https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Achaius_oratorius_-_Flickr_-_S._Rae.jpg

        Purely a visual search though.
        Posted one year ago
        1. Thanks Ferdy, I have looked at that one, but this one is lacking the white spot on the thorax.
          This one I think is closer:
          https://www.commanster.eu/Commanster/Insects/Bees/SuBees/Coelichneumon.biannulatus.html
          Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
          1. A much better match indeed! I was looking at the white spots at the legs but upon a closer look, they are reflections. Posted one year ago
            1. I have looked at the other photos from different angles and the white spots on the legs are there. Bad photos, so didn't upload them! Just not really confident enough with these insects. Posted one year ago
              1. Fully understand how that feels. Sometimes visual and location matching still does not lead to full confidence in the more difficult categories. In those cases I often try my luck in FB groups. Just have to find the right one :) Posted one year ago
                1. Tried that, no luck, but will keep trying!
                  Posted one year ago
                  1. And if that fails, there's the absolute last resort:
                    http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxon=Coelichneumon&searchMenu=taxonomy&query=Coelichneumon

                    But in this case that's still not easy lol.
                    Posted one year ago
                    1. Oh crikey, it's mind boggling. I have just posted on Nature Spot, they seem to be pretty clued up!
                      I also thought it could be Stenichneumon culpator.
                      Think I will stick to birds, much easier! ;)
                      Thanks for your help, appreciated.
                      Posted one year ago
  2. Found a match on one of the Facebook insect sites, pretty sure now. Posted one year ago

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''Stenichneumon culpator'' is a species of ichneumon wasp in the family Ichneumonidae.

Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Sep 25, 2021. Captured Sep 25, 2021 12:49 in 53 Perowne Way, Sandown PO36 9BX, UK.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/50s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm