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I found this in Russia. It is approximately 2cm long.

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What area of Russia? it is a large country so that could be a good clue to rule some options out. –  GriffinEvo Jul 25 '13 at 8:15
@GriffinEvo, Volga Region. However I think it is an international insect. –  Sunny Reborn Pony Jul 25 '13 at 9:30

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This is a wasp, (see that nice slim "wasp waist" it's got?), which means taxonomically that it is in the order Hymenoptera (which it shares with bees and ants).

Within Hymenoptera, wasps are diverse and often difficult to ID, but it's possible that this is a Braconid or Ichneumon (family Braconidae or Ichneumonidae). If you take a good closeup of its wing veins, chances are an expert (not me) could ID it.

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I'd agree it's definitely a kind of parasitic wasp - I'd be inclined towards the Anomaloninae subfamily - perhaps get in touch with the Russian Entomological Society zin.ru/societies/res/index_en.html also opsu.edu/Academics/SciMathNurs/NaturalScience/… and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomaloninae –  GriffinEvo Jul 25 '13 at 8:38
The ichneumon wasps I've seen all have long ovipositors not seen here, so I doubt it's one of those. –  user137 Nov 20 '14 at 17:00

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