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Photo#56916
large brown ichneumon - Enicospilus purgatus

large brown ichneumon - Enicospilus purgatus
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
June 10, 2006
Size: 17mm
What are the 3 black spots between the eyes? It looks like the extra eyes of a spider.

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large brown ichneumon - Enicospilus purgatus large brown ichneumon - Enicospilus purgatus

Moved
Moved from Enicospilus.

alar sclerites match enicospilus purgatus
Enicospilus purgatus

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Hartmut, thanks for the id. Those 2 spots are a good mark.

 
Was a pleasure
to work with that key, and then discover your photos and others that fit.

Hello Tom,
these look like very nice images of Enicospilus, subfamily Ophioninae (the large ocelli are one of the characters of this subfamily), according to the key by Gavin Broad (see information page for Enicospilus). The wing venation, especially the two spots in the more or less horseshoe-shaped discosubmarginal cell, are characteristic for this genus.
There's another image with comments by Richard Vernier here: 1.

3 black spots
they are simple eyes, or ocelli. most insects possess them, but i have never seen such large ones before

 
Thanks Omar
That's what they looked like to me, but I never noticed them on a wasp before.

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