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Ichneumon Wasp

An ichneumon wasp checking out a caterpillar of the cinnabar moth, Tyria jacobaeae (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae), presumably as a potential host for an egg.  This time the caterpillar was lucky and the wasp flew away after the caterpillar waved its head about a bit.

The wasp looks similar to this one I photographed a few days ago checking out a caterpillar of the moth Depressaria daucella.  I suspect they both might be member of the Anomaloninae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae).  See here for further pictures of this group.

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2011-007-02.

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