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Enicospilus - male - female

Enicospilus - Male Female
about 11 km N of Lytton, near Hwy. 1, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, Canada
May 26, 2007
My hymenoptera taxonomy is extremely poor. I have no idea what these two mating specimens are, except that they are some kind of ichneumonids. Every time i shine my lights i get visited by a few of these guys. Thus, i'm quite curious in knowing what they are. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Moved from Ophioninae.

Enicospilus is correct…
Several spots in the DM cell of the forewing and an adventitious vein place this in this genus.

See reference here.

I would say, based on the wing venation, such as the discosubmarginal cell (the "horsehead") extending beyond vein 2m-cu for example, that this is likely a species of Enicospilus. Although, I am by no means an Ichneumonidae expert.

Thank you all,
for your comments, i had no idea this species would be so difficult to ID. Looking through the photos on the bugguide the specimens do look like Enicospilus, but they might be something else, as well.

They may be something else, but the wing venation is a strong indicator of Enicospilus. Perhaps an Ichneumonidae expert will chime in and help out.

Not an expert
But have a look in Ophioninae, maybe it gets you closer?

There are several Ophioninae look-alikes in other genera (even other subfamilies) that also visit lights at night. I have no idea (at this point in time) how to tell them apart, either.

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