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Labena grallator - female

Labena grallator - Female
Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida, USA
April 17, 2022
Size: 22mm
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Damaged and most images frassed. But kept in guide for hindwing closeup, keeping this image for comments.

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Labena grallator - female Labena grallator - female

Moved from ID Request.

Labena grallator (female)
The very elongate scutum and large size are characteristic of this subfamily. While I don't see the typical orange hue to the ovipositor sheath represented in the photos, this is pretty structurally distinctive of Labena (Grotea also have a much shorter ovipositor). While the wing pictured is a hind wing rather than a fore wing, the extensive pigmentation is fairly useful as it agrees with Floridian specimens.

This does make me realize that we don't seem to have a closeup of a hind wing for this subfamily (but we do have a fore wing, below). I'd recommend keeping at least the image of the wing for the guide.

Ichneumonid, I suppose.
Perhaps others will be able to tell you more.

Yes, you are correct ...
... its an ich. Not being an expert in this group, I can't tell you more though. In general, when trying to ID parasitic Hymenoptera, the venation in the forewing is the single most useful character.

Wing Photo
I do have most of one wing, added a photo of it

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