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Braconid Wasp Earinus elator As I walk back to my house in the early hours having (hopefully) fed the foxes, I always keep my eye out for any nocturnal insects or anything which might be resting overnight.<br />
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This was one such, apparantly asleep on a lamp post?<br />
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Braconids form one of the two superfamilies (alongside Ichneumonidae) od parasitic wasps. There are at least 17,000 species with many probably still unrecorded.<br />
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Consequently , many species are also under studied.<br />
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They are usually less than 1.5cm in length, slender and often dark-bodied. They have thread-like antennae with 16 or more segments.   They differ from ichneumon wasps (family Ichneumonidae) in have only a single recurrent vein in the front wing.<br />
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The wings are also sometimes banded or spotted. The ovipositor, or egg-laying organ, of the female is long and conspicuous, realative to the length of the body.                       Earinus elator,Geotagged,United Kingdom,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Braconid Wasp Earinus elator

As I walk back to my house in the early hours having (hopefully) fed the foxes, I always keep my eye out for any nocturnal insects or anything which might be resting overnight.

This was one such, apparantly asleep on a lamp post?

Braconids form one of the two superfamilies (alongside Ichneumonidae) od parasitic wasps. There are at least 17,000 species with many probably still unrecorded.

Consequently , many species are also under studied.

They are usually less than 1.5cm in length, slender and often dark-bodied. They have thread-like antennae with 16 or more segments. They differ from ichneumon wasps (family Ichneumonidae) in have only a single recurrent vein in the front wing.

The wings are also sometimes banded or spotted. The ovipositor, or egg-laying organ, of the female is long and conspicuous, realative to the length of the body.

    comments (3)

  1. Nice find! I always enjoy your fox posts on FB, but thought the photo of your cat watching Oliver through the door was so cute! Posted 3 months ago
    1. I once missed what would have been a wonderful photo by a split second.

      Simba and Oliver were head-to-head through the window pane, making it look like they were kissing.

      Simba turned just as i was about to take the shot!
      Posted 3 months ago
      1. Cute! Maybe you'll get that shot in the future. Posted 3 months ago

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Earinus elator is a parasitoid wasp in the family Braconidae.

Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Mar 22, 2022. Captured Mar 17, 2022 01:50 in 70 Queensdown School Rd, Brighton BN2 4HQ, UK.
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  • 42.08mm