Mimicry, Ichneumonid Wasp

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Mimicry, Ichneumonid Wasp

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Ichneumonid wasp, a parasitoid, in the larval stage, of the caterpillars of lepidoptera.
Length, excluding antennae, 14.5mm
A black and yellow pattern is a standard aposematic combination in nature. Uncertain as to whether this insect is actually dangerous/unpalatable to potential predators (Mullerian Mimicry) or whether it is harmless and thus exhibiting Batesian Mimicry. Either way, it's a pretty insect.
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Post by Harold Gough »

The wing venation diagnostic of the family is beautifully shown in the first one.

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Post by beetleman »

A perfect specimen. Black & yellow is always a stunning combo. Is this specimen pinned or on a paper point and than you airbrush everything out?
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beetleman wrote: Is this specimen pinned or on a paper point and than you airbrush everything out?
Pinned, see HERE for technique.

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