Female parasitic wasp - possibly Dusona sp.

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Female parasitic wasp - possibly Dusona sp.

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Edit: changed title to reflect ID correction from AlxndrBrg (thanks again for that).

Stack of 210 images at 2.1x (Linoscan 90mm film scanner lens). The FoV is about 15mm wide. Background is a quick bit of fakery - just a blurred shot of some undergrowth dropped in with Affinity Photo. Bored of black!

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Very nice, the light on the wings are superb.
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Really good.
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Post by AlxndrBrg »

Nice, but its not an Ichneumon sp., nor is it Ichneumonini or Ichneumoninae, but it belongs to the Ichneumonidae though :wink:
Should be the subfamily Campopleginae, something like the genus Dusona.

Oh, and its a female, the ovipositor is quite short, but visible

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Beautiful, and the background looks very natural.

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AlxndrBrg wrote:Nice, but its not an Ichneumon sp., nor is it Ichneumonini or Ichneumoninae, but it belongs to the Ichneumonidae though :wink:
Should be the subfamily Campopleginae, something like the genus Dusona.

Oh, and its a female, the ovipositor is quite short, but visible
Gosh - I honestly thought, for once, I'd actually nailed the ID myself (using online resources). I'll look it up tomorrow and edit as appropriate. Appreciate the info - even if it has rather burst my bubble! :)

It is frustrating to be so consistently rubbish at ID'ing insects though...

Thanks all for the other comments too.

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I got try some linos lens, this is beautiful.

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Post by AlxndrBrg »

Beatsy wrote: Gosh - I honestly thought, for once, I'd actually nailed the ID myself (using online resources). I'll look it up tomorrow and edit as appropriate. Appreciate the info - even if it has rather burst my bubble! :)

It is frustrating to be so consistently rubbish at ID'ing insects though...

Thanks all for the other comments too.
I'm sorry to have burst your bubble, perhaps I should add that Ichneumonidae (and the Ichneumonoidea as a whole) are extremely morphologically diverse with colour patterns and shapes recurring all over the place - trying to ID them to species (or even genus/tribus) is basically impossible unless you are a real dedicated expert. So dont consider yourself rubbish at ID'ing insects, apart from a handful of experts the rest of us in the world are in the same boat ;)

Same goes for Chalcidoidea, Cynipoidea, Ceraphronoidea, Diaprioidea, Proctotrupoidea and Platygastroidea I'm afraid...

I really recommend the "Hymenopterist Forum" on facebook for ID's of most hymenopterans. You British people are lucky in that Gavin Broad from the NHM is active there, he's "rather" good at Ichneumonoidea

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Post by Beatsy »

Nah, my bubble is repaired again :)

I've changed the title to reflect your earlier comment. Thanks.

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Post by Sumguy01 »

:smt038 Very nice.
Thanks for sharing.

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