Ichneumon from UK

Subject:  Is this a type of Hornet?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bury lancashire
Date: 06/18/2019
Time: 12:55 PM EDT
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Ichneumon might be Amblyteles armatorius

This is not a Hornet, but it is a Parasitoid Wasp known as an Ichneumon.  There are so many species that look similar, an exact species identification might not be possible, but it does resemble Amblyteles armatorius which is pictured on UK Safari where it states:  “Ichneumon wasps are solitary insects which are closely related to bees and ants. Most ichneumons are parasitoids.  The females lay their eggs into, or onto, the young of other insects and spiders, and the young which hatch out feed on that host insect.  The host is eventually killed and consumed by the larva just before it pupates.”  There are additional images on Nature Spot.

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