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red wasp with red & black wings - Compsocryptus

red wasp with red & black wings - Compsocryptus
Lake Corpus Christi, San Patricio County, Texas, USA
November 4, 2007
Please help to identify. Thank you.



Possibly Compsocryptus sp
See # 280100

But don't give up on this species, please
I think this might be the same species? And I would love to know what it is. But, maybe it's something different.

I'm not...
saying it couldn't be this species (whatever species that is...I don't know Ichneumonids at the species level). What I was saying is that the individual in the photo in question can't be separated between an Ichneumonid and Priocnessus apache, the Pompilid. We should by all means keep trying to find the identity of this Ichneumonid.

Good points
Moved from Spider Wasps.
Let us keep it here unless somebody presents solid evidence one way or another. In fact, probably nobody wouls miss it if it was frassed since it is so blurry.

Why move this?
I see nothing in this photograph that indicates that this is a Pompilid, just as I see nothing to indicate that it is an Ichneumonid. No wing venation is visible, no antennomeres are countable, no long ovipositor is visible to support Ichneumonidae (which the mimic of Priocnessus apache appears to have). Details of the head, thorax, and legs are also fuzzy beyond usefulness for identification purposes for either family. It's nothing against the photograph but I've left many Pompilid IDs at the tribe or genus level that were much more detailed than this.

Moved from Aculeata - Bees, Ants, and other Stinging Wasps by request from v belov.

Moving to Aculeata. Since Pompilid or Ichneumonid is the choice, it doesn't fit anywhere else.


Ichneumonid Wasp (subfamily Ichneumoninae) - female
This strikingly colored species seems to be fairly common in Texas.

Not so fast:-)
I found a pompilid with this color pattern here in Arizona! I can't rule out that possibility from this image, but please let me know how you concluded an ichneumon.

If you can figure this out
I'll be very happy. See the series in the comment at

Please unlink.
Please unlink your own image from the series by "crispin." Thank you. Unless 'your' specimen had an ovipositor that is not visible in the image, I can't say it is definitely an ichneumon.

I just dropped the whole series.
Putting those images together was purely speculation on my part. I couldn't say that any were related to one another, just thought I'd put them together in one place so someone else could evaluate the variation (as you did). I think that's what you meant by "unlink"? Didn't mean to cause confusion.

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