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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/ID of some solitary wasps


Here's a link to some wasps my students collected that I couldn't identify. One looks like Gnamptopelta obsidianator but has yellow rear legs whereas G. obsidianator is described differently.

There they are. Thanks so much in advance.


Technically, this is at least five questions (six images, two of same specimen), but....

Isodontia mexicana is the sphecid wasp.

Ground beetle larva, maybe Dicaelus sp. for the larva.

Tiphia sp. for the other wasp on a pin.

Pair of wasps, male atop female:  Eremnophila aureonotata

Ichneumon is likely Therion morio .

I am assuming all specimens were collected in Virginia....

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