Name that bug...

binder(7)June 11, 2010

Any ideas of what this may be? I have noticed a lot of them all of sudden and have not seen these before. They fly.

Thanks--Andy

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Predatory wasp of some sort, perhaps an ichneumon.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 1:11PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Doubt that. Is it possible to post a slightly larger image?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 2:17PM
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binder(7)

Sorry, but I can't figure out how to post a new or bigger picture to this thread

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 4:23PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

If not an ichneumon, then a braconid. Beneficial.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 4:33PM
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gwkat(5/6)

I'm with Dan - it's a braconid (or maybe ichneumon). There are many, many similar looking braconids. They are your friend... unless you're an aphid or a caterpillar.

If you do a google-images search on "braconid wasp" you can see the havoc they wreak on caterpillars. Positively gory!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 5:13PM
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binder(7)

Great. Thanks for the info. That is a relief.
-Andy

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 5:22PM
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