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Species Thyreodon atricolor

Thyreodon atricolor Unknown Ichneumon - Thyreodon atricolor Thyreodon atricolor? - Thyreodon atricolor large wasp with bright orange antennae - Thyreodon atricolor - female Wasp - Thyreodon atricolor  Large black and orange wasp - Thyreodon atricolor  Thyreodon atricolor - Thyreodon atricolor Large black wasp in meadow - Thyreodon atricolor
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Ophioninae (Short-tailed Ichneumonid Wasps)
Genus Thyreodon
Species atricolor (Thyreodon atricolor)
Note the laterally flattened metasoma. Members of the subfamily Ichneumoninae (like Gnamptopelta) generally do not have this character. I am almost certain this is an ophionine, specifically Thyreodon atricolor (a parasitoid of sphingids). Members of Ophioninae always possess a laterally flattened metasoma. I also have a feeling most of the Gnamptopelta images in the guide are misidentified Thyreodon. The only Gnamptopelta species I agree with so far is this one: 63229. See how the metasoma is NOT laterally flattened? Contrast that image with ophionines (including Thyreodon). See the similarity?
… Ray Fisher, 20 August, 2007
"Although most members of the huge family Ichneumonidae are difficult to identify, this large species is an easily recognized, day active, slow flying parasitoid of sphinx moth caterpillars."
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Therion morio
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