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5 mi. south of Port Angeles, ~2,000 ft. elevation, Clallam County, Washington, USA
September 1, 2008
This very pretty hymenopteran flew from leaf to leaf for quite a while. The day was cloudy, so the shots aren't all that sharp. I didn't get a good shot of the waist.

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Hymenopteran Hymenopteran Hymenopteran

Moved from Ichneumoninae.

Moved from Ichneumon Wasps.

Didn't catch it earlier, but you can see a pentagonal wing areolet, which, along with the larger size, bright coloration, and depressed abdomen indicates this subfamily. The behavior you mentioned is also helpful because these wasps do tend to "jump" from leaf to leaf or move on foot through leaf litter or shrubs in search of their prey.

See reference here.

Lack of costal cell distinguishes from other stinging wasps; two recurrent veins separate braconid from ichneumon.

Wing diagram
I think I see these characters in Study of Insects 7th ed., but it's not a great diagram. Do you know of a really good, well labeled one?

My guess
would be one of the Ichneumons. There are better heads here than mine however.

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