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Ichneumon Wasp - Lycorina glaucomata - female

Ichneumon Wasp - Lycorina glaucomata - Female
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
May 10, 2010
This magnificent creature looks similar to Tremex. That is the yellow & black thing looks similar. That's all, though. I have been less than successful with this ID. I need some help from you guys. Thanks.

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Ichneumon Wasp - Lycorina glaucomata - female Ichneumon Wasp - Lycorina glaucomata - female


nice; new one -- another small victory!
thanks, Bobs.

New Subfamily
Well, for all I know the other Bob may be disappointed that his photo isn't an usual horntail but, instead, another one of those darned ichneumonids. However, unless I have overlooked another photo lurking among the unidentified ichneumonids, it is the first BG photo of a representative of this subfamily. I did, however, just find another photo of the same species identified as Toxophroroides sp. by a braconologist on the Tree of Life Web Site. The late Ian Gauld suppressed Toxophoroides as a synonym of Lycorina.

even better -- i didn't realize this addition is so high-rank...
i'm sure the other Bob will not move for an injunction

Surely You Jest
As you well know, I've been wrong before :) This is one of the most beautiful I've seen ... and it showed up on MY porch.

Despite its relatively small size, it is a strikingly handsome species, which suggests that it is also not particularly common, at least in places where nature photographers might be lurking. Otherwise, there would be more photos of it to be found on BG. I am offhand unable to recall other ichneumonid species that have the apices of both the antennae and the ovipositor sheath pale. Otherwise, the species is colored somewhat like Theronia septentrionalis.

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