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Photo#575783
large beautiful attracted to light - Opheltes glaucopterus

large beautiful attracted to light - Opheltes glaucopterus
Bar Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, USA
September 12, 2011
Size: close to 2"
Could this be a wasp (the abdomen colors)? It seems to rest with its wings outstretched. It came to the porch light after dark. Very active, whirling all over the place.

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large beautiful attracted to light - Opheltes glaucopterus large beautiful attracted to light - Opheltes glaucopterus large beautiful attracted to light - Opheltes glaucopterus

Moved
Moved from Opheltes.

Moved
Moved from Ichneumon Wasps.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Moved for expert attention.

I'm pretty sure I'm correct in recognizing the "horse-head" cell in the wing veins, which is a diagnostic trait for distinguishing ichneumonids from braconids. If I'm wrong, I hope someone will set me straight.

 
Ichneumonidae
You're exactly right, Chuck. This is an ichneumonid of some kind.

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