Entomology (Study of Bugs)/what bug is this

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hiya i asked sue kayton but she didnt know and suggested you, i live in england cambridge could you please tell me what kind of bug this is.

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Denise:

Nice images of what is some kind of ichneumon wasp, family Ichneumonidae.  I am not familiar with the species occurring in the UK and Europe, I'm sorry.

Ichneumons are, in their larval stage, parasitic on other organisms.  The adults of most species do not sting, but there are exceptions.  They are generally regarded as highly beneficial biocontrols of caterpillars and other pests.

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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