Subject: What type of Ichneumon wasp is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Indoors, Salem MA
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this guy flying around my office at approx 8pm in early August. Length is approx 1/2 inch. Head is not black, though thorax mostly is. Can’t find out exactly what kind of Ichneumon he is. Nothing online seems to clearly match
How you want your letter signed: Perez
Your images would be excellent for identifying this Ichneumon if the identification of Ichneumons was an easy matter. According to BugGuide: “5,000 described spp. in almost 500 genera in the Nearctic Region, possibly 3,000 more undescribed; arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates).” The most similar looking image we could find on BugGuide regarding the shape of legs, head and antennae is in the genus Banchus, however, the coloration is noticeably different. Alas, we will have to post your images and tag them as unidentified.