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Wasp and prey - Clitemnestra bipunctata - female

Wasp and prey - Clitemnestra bipunctata - Female
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
August 30, 2004
I think this is an Ichneumon Wasp. Would that be correct?

Moved from Clitemnestra.

Clitemnestra bipunctata
A female of Clitemnestra bipunctata. The genus (which has only one species in North America) is recognised (among other things) by the petiolate abdomen. The black abdomen with two yellow spots give away the species.

I always figured ichneumons were the type to rather stealthily deposit their egg and then fly off. I would guess this to be something else and actually the prey type goes along way toward determining the id. I've seen a page somewhere that had prey type crossreferenced with wasp type but I can't find that now. At any rate, I'll bet when Eric sees this he'll know at least a family.

Double Hmmm
Well, gee, it is definitely a sphecid, but not one I have ever seen before. The prey (a leafhopper, family Cicadellidae), should help me get in the ballpark. The most obvious suspect would be Gorytes, but I'm quite sure that is not what this is. Stay tuned....

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