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cryptine ichneumonid

Compsocryptus fasciipennis


About 3cm long with orange and black wings ,and a blue/black body.This has quite a prominent ovipositor .


Grasslands and low shrubs.

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002 7 years ago
cryptine ichneumonid
Compsocryptus fasciipennis

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Paul Davis
Paul Davis 7 years ago

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 7 years ago

Thanks a lot Stephen ,I have been going around in circles with this one.

folicallychalled 7 years ago

Wonderful images and a great find.

I am currently chasing a very similar wasp, but with white patches on the wings instead of the blown. This one is at least 6cm long, but no ID and no photo yet.

I hope someone nails this one, so I get a free ride to my ID :)


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Distinctive wasp. Typo on Pompilidae :-)

John La Salle
John La Salle 7 years ago

Hi Paul
Quite a beautiful creature. I figure it is an Ichneumonidae
Although it looks like a spider wasp, you correctly point out that it has a quite distinctive ovipositor. In the aculeate (stinging) wasps, the ovipositor is replaced with a retractable sting - and never seen as the permanent, exserted structure that you see in this picture.

Paul Davis
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Paul Davis

Holguín, Cuba

Spotted on Jan 13, 2013
Submitted on Feb 13, 2014

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