Subject: What Kind of Bug is this?
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
May 27, 2016 6:01 pm
I am a student photographer and as an assignment I am to photograph nature and then explain my pictures. I took about 100 pictures (manual and automatic, color and black and white). After looking online no one in my family can identify this bug. It seems to not be using its 5th and 6th legs and it isn’t flying, maybe a wing is broken.
We do not yet have a species identification, but we have determined that your parasitic Wasp must be in the superfamily Ichneumonoidea, which according to BugGuide has only two families, the Braconids and the Ichneumons. Our money was originally on this being a female Braconid, but our browsing through both families on BugGuide did not produce species that even looks similar. We are posting your request as Unidentified and we hope it does not remain so tagged for long.
Eric Eaton Responds
Definitely an ichneumon, and pretty, but I have no idea which one. Sorry!