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Ichneumon Wasp

Ichneumon Wasp
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-20 6:32
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Points: 44
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I think this species of wasp is an Ichnemonoidea and a female one. But I am not sure. Hope somebody ID it correctly.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea

The Ichneumon wasps are insects classified in the Parasitica group of the suborder Apocrita within the Order Hymenoptera. Often inaccurately called ichneumon flies, they are solitary insects, and most are parasitoids—the larvae feeding on or in another insect which finally dies. As with all hymenopterans, ichneumons are closely related to ants and bees.

The superfamily Ichneumonoidea (consisting of two families: the Ichneumonidae and the Braconidae) has been estimated to contain well over 80,000 different species. Some members use many different insects as a host, others are very specific in host choice. Various ichneumons are used successfully as biological control agents in controlling pests such as flies or beetles.

Ichneumon species are highly diverse - ranging from 3mm (1/8-inch) to 13 cm (5 inches) long. Most are slender, with the females of many species (particularly in the genus Megarhyssa) having an extremely long ovipositor for laying eggs. The female finds a host and lays an egg on, near, or inside the host's body. Upon hatching, the larval ichneumon feeds either externally or internally, killing the host when they themselves are ready to pupate. Despite looking formidable, the ovipositor does not deliver a sting like many wasps or bees. It can be used by the wasps to bore into and lay eggs inside rotten wood.

Charles Darwin found the grisly life histories of Ichneumons incompatible with the central notion of natural theology which saw the study of nature as a way to demonstrate God's benevolence. In a letter to American botanist Asa Gray, Darwin wrote "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice." Members of the family Ichneumonidae are usually larger than members of the Braconidae, and are distinguished primarily by details of wing venation. They are also sometimes called "Scorpion Wasps" due to the extreme lengthening and curving of the abdomen. This lengthened section may also be segmented. Many species in both families utilize polydnaviruses to suppress the immune system of the host insect.

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Hi Haraprasan, my today neighbour, splendid wasp with fine details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-20 7:32]

Yep looks like an Ichneumon to me! It's that unusual abdomen that gives it away.
Nice yellow colouring that has been exposed very well.
Sharp with great detail.
I like the shallow DOF as well.
Composition seems a bit awkward to me, maybe more of a diagonal one would have been better?
Great focusing.
Superb notes.
Well done Haraprasan!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-20 7:39]

Hi Haraprasan
Nice closed up image.Sharp image and good detail.Light and color are good.Excellent text.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-20 8:53]

Hi Haraprasan,

I'm not a fan of wasps but this is a superb shot. The sharpness is amazing - we can almost see through him. Wonderful details, excellent colors. I love the eye!


Welll....hmmmm...it is certainly clear enough for and ID...and too clear...in some ways it reminds me of "Fear Factor" the TV reality show...You don't want to know about it! Very nice image Haraprasan! Hope you and family are feeling a bit better!

Well Haraprasan, you probably are right, this may be an ichneumon wasp, but certainly it is a fine female specimen caught expertly in great sharpness and good colors with only a few glares from the fill-in flash. Good job and voluminous notes my friend.

Hi Haraprasan,
What a clean image!
I like the good and sharp details got on this insect, it's so well defined.
The inclination worked fine to make the image more dynamic, and the lighting works excellent.
Well done and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot. Colors, sharpness,lighting, POV and composition are excellent. Thanks for sharing. Regards,

Hello Haraprasan,
Yes, I also think that this is a female of some Ichneumonidae wasps, unfortunatelly I can not help with species ID :<
Beautiful capture my Friend! I like DOF and colours (and the contrast is interesting - yellow insect on blue wall!).
Very nice work!
Best greetings,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-20 12:27]

Hi Haraprasan. The detail and your sharp focusing in this close up is first class work. The deatil and colours are very good indeed. a nice POv/DOF. very well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Hello Haraprasan,
A perfect shot of this ichneumonoid insect with excelent details, lighting and framing. Composition is also great. TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-20 17:04]

Hi Hara,wonderfull work,brightness and colours impressive,i like a lot the perfect details of this little insect,not easy to made so perfect,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Haraprasan,
Excellent close-up shot and nice composition. TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-20 18:15]

Hello Haraprasan,
A perfect close-up capture of this insect. Thanks for sharing. Regards,

Hello Haraprasan. Excellent sharpness of this bug. Bright and well perched across the frame. Thanks for sharing this complemented with useful notes. Regards. Jusni

Hello Prasan,
Very fine macro of Ichneumon in such good closeness!
Very good lighting in perfect sharpness, nice colour and details
many thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-20 21:35]

Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful close-up profile shot of this very interesting wasp and you really do have a keen eye for the extraordinary. Very neat and sharp image with fine details and colours. Good use of flash lighting and spot-on focus. I like its shiny body. Excellent low POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Hp, Very nice shot. Colorful one and also sharp. The view is just perfect. Ganesh

Hello Haraprasan,

Nice sharp picture of this Ichneumonoidea. Good DOF and focus.
Very nice colours. For identification, an other POV should have been useful.

Perfect detail, wonderful light, great example of the species. Well done!

I can't decide what surface you shot this insect on, HP, but it is a brilliant capture. The fill flash has been used so judiciously each detail and colour on this Wasp is crystal clear and attractive.

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful colors, great macro. Fine sharp details. good notes. TFS, well done my friend

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