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Wasp and Cricket - Liris argentatus

Wasp and Cricket - Liris argentatus
Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
April 28, 2006
My guess is this is a species of Liris carrying a member of the Family Gryllidae.

Moved from Liris.

Liris argentata
There are only to Liris that occur that far north. The other one, L. beata, has distintly black pubescence and is larger.

for the ID to species.

Very good guess
I kept catching these small wasps this spring and every one of them was a Liris. Very distinctive ocelli under a scope.

I agree.
What a fabulous image! One of the best ways to help identify wasps is by the prey they are carrying. Pretty sure Liris is the most common genus of cricket-hunters, at least in that subfamily (Larrinae).

Thanks, guys
I ask every wasp I meet to please carry its prey to our next encounter! :)

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