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Ichneumon wasp - male

Ichneumon wasp - Male
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
July 24, 2012
Came to a CFL at a Moth Blitz last summer. Looks to be an Ichneumon wasp, I'm always hopeful that maybe someone can take these wasps further, to the genus or even species level...:-).

Moth blitz implies that moth natural enemies weren't blitzed. If this specimen was collected, it could be identified.

Moved from Ichneumon Wasps.

Blitzed with flash bulbs
No individuals were harmed in the blitzing of these arthropods. Many Ichneumons are id'd past family here on bugguide, most based on photos alone, so I always hold out hope...

I had mistakenly concluded that the moth blitz activity was a moth-limited equivalent of the typical bioblitz, in which professionals and interested amateurs cooperate in collecting the insects in an area of interest. There are some genera and species of Ichneumonidae that can be fairly readily recognized from photos or that can be recognized by comparing specimens in collections from the general area in which a photo has been made. It also helps to have multiple views of a species; too many of the Bug Guide photos of Ichneumonidae capture only the dorsal aspect.

We are collecting
We collect but by photos only. Sometimes other things show up at the lights that seem interesting. I usually don't bother identifying them past Ichneumon sp. but I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks for the input.


I'll make a note in my records.

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