Subject: Insect Identification
Location: South East UK
October 20, 2014 10:54 am
Found the attached against my curtains this evening
I literally have no idea what it is or what it could be and have been searching images for the last hour trying to find out
Wondering if you could let me know what it is and if it is native to the uk? i have never seen anything like this and i have lived here all my life (some 27 years)
Signature: Thank you in advance
This is some species of Ichneumon, a member of a family of parasitic wasps. Ichneumons prey upon many agricultural pests and most Ichneumons are very host specific, preying upon a single species or genus, though some prey upon entire families of insects and arthropods. Ichnuemons are a highly diverse family with many members, and we cannot say for certain if you have a native species. Ichneumons are sometimes introduced to prey upon other introduced pests.