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Parasitic Wasp - Ichneumon suspiciosus, click for a larger image
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Parasitic Wasp - Ichneumon suspiciosus, click for a larger image

Parasitic Wasp - Ichneumon suspiciosus
Family - Ichneumonidae

Ichneumon suspiciosus is an endoparasitoid species of wasp about 16mm (0.65in) long, usually seen from May through to September, and is fairly common in the UK.  It frequents hedgerows, woodland rides, parks, gardens, meadows and is often seen on the flowers of various umbellifers such as Hogweed, Cow Parsley, and in this instance we photographed our example on Wild Carrot.

The legs and Antennae are black banded with yellow, as is the abdomen  The female lays eggs in the bodies of butterflies and moths caterpillars where the larvae feed on the body of the host when they hatch.

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