Ichneumon, but what species

Spider wasp? Fly? What is this? I’m stumped
Location:  Seminole, Oklahoma
August 5, 2010 2:52 pm
I spent about an hour looking through photos of flies and wasps, sawflies and I never found anything that matched this little guy. It was probably about 3/4” long and moved very much like a spider wasp, but did pause for my picture, presumably to figure out what the heck my intentions were. Thanks again!
Amy Goodman


Hi Amy,
This is a Parasitic Hymenopteran in the superfamily Ichneumonoidea which contains the Ichneumons and Braconids.  As you can see from BugGuide, this is an extensive subfamily.  We browsed the possibilities and we found a very close match with the genus Lanugo on BugGuide.  It does not seem exact, but it is quite close.

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