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Chalcid Wasp

A chalcid wasp, possibly member of the family Torymidae (order Hymenoptera), but I'm not entirely sure of that.  [Note added 2009-09-14: I now think these are Ormyrus sp. (Hymenoptera: Ormyridae).]  It is also probably a male because it lacks the long ovipositor that most female chalcid wasps seem to possess.  Like the closely related ichneumon wasps, chalcid wasps are mostly parasitic on the larvae or eggs of other insects.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-08-22.

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