Subject: Insect Identification
Geographic location of the bug: Canakkale Province, Turkey
Time: 05:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This insect has been collected in Sorghum crop field and it is needed the identification of this insect species. Moreover, the attached pictures are original and taken from my Samsung S5 mobile phone under open field conditions of the Çanakkale Province Turkey. Thanks in advance for this insect identification. Regards.
How you want your letter signed: Dr. Baboo Ali
Dear Dr. Baboo Ali,
This is a Short Tailed Ichneumon Wasp, a parasitic wasp that preys upon a specific plant feeding species or genus or possibly family of insects. You have requested an identification, but interestingly, all three of your attached images which have lengthy file names also include this information: “Ophion_Arı_Erkek_Edited_2021.07.12″. What we find most interesting is that the genus name for a group of Short Tailed Ichneumons is actually Ophion and that word is in your file name. Of the genus Ophion, BugGuide, a North American insect identification website states: “Most all Ophion larva are parasites of caterpillars” and “Adult Ophion species will hunt for their host caterpillar. Usually one egg is laid per host. Caterpillar usually dies during pupal stage though wasp larva remains to pupate itself.” So, if your concern is the sorghum crop, this is a beneficial insect that is most likely hunting caterpillars that feed on the sorghum.