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

unidentified insect photo 1

unidentified insect photo 2

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    $\begingroup$ What area of Russia? it is a large country so that could be a good clue to rule some options out. $\endgroup$ – rg255 Jul 25 '13 at 8:15
  • $\begingroup$ @GriffinEvo, Volga Region. However I think it is an international insect. $\endgroup$ – Sunny Reborn Pony Jul 25 '13 at 9:30

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.


Since it got bumped and no one seemed to be too clear on an identification. Based on the presence of two recurrent veins in the forewing, following identification guidelines here, I'd identify the above wasp to be a member of Ichneumonidae. The identification of the subfamily, however, is difficult without access to the wasp itself for close observation. Ctenopelmatinae is a good candidate in my opinion, however, due to the close morphological features, and the geographic distribution of many genera tends to be holarctic.


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