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Like a floating piece of turquoise, this beautiful little wasp was about 7mm long in the body with a pale orange head and thorax and a beautiful blue-green abdomen. The abdomen had 4 black depressions. Femurs also looked a pale blue. The wasp had moderately long antennae and an ovipositor, half the length of the abdomen. Wings were clear.
Spotted flying around a stump of a pine tree. It landed several times for a few seconds on the bark.
This wasp was difficult to photograph as it did not settle for more than a few seconds.
A close look at the wing in pic #2 showed (what I thought) was a 2nd recurrent vein, suggesting that this is an ichneumon wasp and not a brachonid.
A terribly exciting find for me ! My thanks to Tony D for the ID ( which according to him might need confirmation).
Spotted on Nov 20, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012