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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-10-15 12:58
Viewed: 3433
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This female with a very long ovipositor (a slender tubular structure used for laying the eggs) is a Ichneumon wasp.

Order : Hymenoptera
Super-family : Ichneumonoidea
Family: Ichneumonidae
Sub-family: Banchinae?
Tribe: Lissonotini?

Ichneumonidae is a family within the insect order Hymenoptera. They are important parasitoids of other insects. Common hosts are larvae and pupae of Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera.
There are over 60,000 species worldwide - more than any other Hymenoptera family.
Ichneumon wasps differ from typical wasps, which sting in defense (Aculeata: Vespoidea and Apoidea), in that the antennae have more segments; typically 16 or more, whereas the others have 13 or fewer. An ichneumon wasp's abdomen is characteristically very elongated, unlike in their relatives the braconids. This lengthened section may also be segmented. Female ichneumon wasps frequently exhibit an ovipositor longer than their body. Ovipositors and stingers are homologous structures; some Ichneumons inject venom along with the egg, but they do not use the ovipositor as a stinger, per se, except in the subfamily Ophioninae. Stingers in aculeate Hymenoptera - which like Ichneumonidae belong to the Apocrita - are used exclusively for defense; they cannot be used as egg-laying equipment. Males do not possess stingers or ovipositors in either lineage. (Wikipedia)

If I’m not wrong, it can be a Lissonotini sp. of the subfamily of Banchinae.
Banchinae are a subfamily of the parasitic wasp family Ichneumonidae with about 1,500 species; the genera Glypta and Lissonota are very large. The tribes Banchini, Glyptini and Lissonotini are distributed worldwide.
All Bachinae are koinobiont endoparasites of Lepidoptera. The Glyptini parasitise Tortricoidea. Atrophini parasitise a wider range of small moths. Species of Lissonota have long ovipositors able to reach deep wood-boring Lepidoptera such as Cossidae.
Most Banchinae have a stalked diamond-shaped areolet. It is a lobe of the propodeum projects over the middle coxae. The propodeum has few ridges (carinae), and the face is described as goat-like. (Wikipedia)

You can find a very useful key of the Ichneumonidae subfamilies but not easy for neophytes like me!
The Diagnostic features of the subfamilies of Ichneumonidaemade by Dr. Yasemin Özdemir is also useful.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-15 13:08]

Hi Catherine. This is a fine close up of the insect i have not seen before so tanks for posting. You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail I like the top POV so we can see the wings and head area. Your use of the light has given natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-10-15 13:49]

Hello Catherine,
So small insect you managed so prettily to show. Exact sharpness, nice soft light and very good BG.
Regards, Pawel

hello Catherine!
an insect that I saw and photographed , but I must say that your macro is really amazing with meticulous detail and well composed..interesting note to...

ciao sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2009-10-15 15:16]

Salut Catherine,je vois qu'il y a pas de soleil mais quelque chose d'interessante torune encore parmi les pelouses belgiques....et encore une fois une magnifique macro avec les meilleurs details et couleurs,plus difficile encore avec la faible lumiere! Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

Hello Catherine,

a very good macroshot from this insect with good pov and details.
Fine natural colours.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-15 23:43]

Hi Catherine,
Excellent shot of this wasp with an interesting ovipositer. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and details. The tiny flowers look so beautiful. Excellent light, POV and DOF and the composition is so pleasing. Kudos.

Ciao Catherine,
fantastique photo en macro, j'adore ce petit insecte flotter sur cettes merveilleuses fleurs, très bell composition harmonieuse et délicate.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-16 4:16]

Wonderful capture, great sharp details, and I find your note very instructive!

hello Ctherine
you made always a great picture !!!
super sharpness and good composition with very nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Catherine. This is a great compositione in low light but with good colours results. Very good details and sharp.


A beautifully executed close up study of an Ichneumon bee in fine focus and great detail Catherine, I tried to make it more "visible" in my WS, hope you like it MF.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-17 5:25]

Bonjour Catherine,
Un insecte toujours très intéressant à voir avec ce long ovipositeur.
J'aime beaucoup la finesse des couleurs de cette image et le bon cadrage que tu as choisi. Image de grande subtilité.
Un grand merci
Bonne fin de semaine

Bonjour Catherine
La finesse, et la délicatesse, caractérisent bien ton cliché.
La netteté vient parfaire l'ensemble : Grand Bravo, je suis conquis.

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