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Ichneumon Wasp
Keith Burton

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Wandering round my back garden yesterday I spotted what I originally thought was a tiny damselfly landing on a flower. On closer examination I found this strange looking wasp. It is a a parasitic wasp which deposits its eggs in, on, or near the larvae of other insects. There a a huge number of different varieties. This one was around 3cm long, not including the "tail" which is nearly as long as the body.

Please view large on black. Thanks for looking :-)

Jean Paul Capdeville, Aschi "Freestone", Jörg, John FitzGerald and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo

18 comments - The latest ones
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I don't think I have ever seen one Keith! Great information and something to look out for. A beautiful and detailed picture too.
Sunday greetings.
5 months ago.
Guydel club
Une superbe prise ! Bien vu ... bien fait ! Belle semaine à venir !
5 months ago.
neira-Dan club
une belle rencontre
5 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Mooie Macro Keith-vreemd die lange spitse staart
lijkt op een angel
5 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to Fred Fouarge club
That's an Ovipositor Fred...........used to deposit the eggs into the host.
5 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
I used to see different types of ichneumon wasp when we holidayed in Suffolk years ago but I haven't seen them elsewhere in the UK. Occasionally in France and Spain.
Super capture!
5 months ago.
Wilfried club
noch nie gesehen
5 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A very beautiful macro, Keith !
5 months ago.
HappySnapper club
From Andy's comment we live on the Suffolk border and must say I have never seen one of these, Having said that with all the weather changes there are some odd looking specimens about. Its a precise photo Keith well focussed.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to HappySnapper club
Hi Maurice. Hope things are better for you. We used to holiday in an old mill house in Wenhaston, inland a bit from Walberswick and Southwold and thre are still a few well-wooded spots around there. I guess they like wooded areas. We are talking mid 70s here.
5 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Awesome close-up Keith.
Happy week ahead.
5 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Thank you for all your kind comments............I'm pleased you like this one!
5 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Hi Keith, a special catch.
I have never seen such a being. As you describe it, it seems to have learned from the bird called the cuckoo.
He also lays his eggs in foreign nests...
5 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to ©UdoSm club
Except that the Cuckoo doesn't lay it's eggs inside a living organism!! Glad you like the shot Udo!
5 months ago.
trester88 club
Eine wunderbare Aufnahme dieser Schlupfwespe. Ich habe auch schon einige in meinem Garten gesehen. Es gibt etwa 60.000 verschiedene Arten.
5 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Thanks Wilhelm.............I've never seen one in my garden before or since. I hope I get the chance to see another variety. Glad you like it.
5 months ago.
 Jean Paul Capdeville
Jean Paul Capdeville club
Quel étrange insecte et quelle belle photo !
5 months ago.
Keith Burton club
has replied to Jean Paul Capdeville club
Thank you Jean Paul..............I'm glad you like it!
5 months ago.

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