Ichneumon wasp (hi-res panorama)
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I don't know the exact species ID. This subfamily is huge !!! I will write something about this particular thing.
Ichneumonidae is a family within the insect order Hymenoptera. Insects in this family are commonly called ichneumon wasps.
There are over 60,000 species worldwide, and approximately 3,000 in North America - more than any other Hymenoptera family. The distribution of Ichneumonidae is one of the most notable exceptions to the common latitudinal gradient in species diversity because it shows greater speciation at high latitudes than at low latitudes.
The Ichneumonidae have been and still are quite a taxonomic nightmare. About as diverse as the true weevils (Curculionidae), there are numerous small, inconspicuous and hard-to-identify ichneumon wasps. The sheer diversity means that DNA sequence data is only available for a tiny fraction of the species, and that detailed cladistic studies require major-scale computing capacity.
I think that the biggest picture database of this subfamily is here:
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Woow what a BRILLIANT macro shot
Excellent sharp details
Perfect POV, DOF, BG and colors
btw thanks fot the link