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Ophion (Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasps) - 40d-13555

Ophion.sp - Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp

Its larva are most probably parasitoid of a caterpillar.
Adult Ophion species will hunt for their host caterpillar. Usually one egg is laid per host. Caterpillar usually dies during pupal stage though wasp larva remains to pupate itself.

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)
Subfamily Ophioninae
Genus Ophion (Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasps)

Location: Night time indoors, Surrey, UK

Camera: Canon EOS 40D DSLR

Lens: Leica - Leitz Wetzlar Macro-Elmarit-R 1:2.8/60

Settings: f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200, Camera flash + diffuser


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