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Old 07-18-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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First time I've ever noticed this bug around. The thing was fast and was constantly moving so the photos might not be good enough to figure out what it is. 1st photo is the best which isn't saying much. Taken in July in Illinois.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:16 AM   #2
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An ichneumon wasp, subfamily Cryptinae (also called Phygadeuontinae) ?
I look forward to hearing what Suunto thinks, because I could be way off.

I just got a good laugh reading the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America page for Ichneumonidae:
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"Think warblers are difficult? They are a cakewalk compared to identifying ichneumon wasps..."
There are thousands of ichneumon wasps, and hundreds in the subfamily Cryptinae. And warblers ARE difficult!

Bugguide has pictures of a few genera that have white around the eyes like yours. I think this is in the same subfamily:
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:53 AM   #3
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I agree on both counts: (1) With few exceptions, identifying Ichneumonidae to species level is extremely challenging and (2) Yours does appear to be in the subfamily Cryptinae.
Have a look at one in the genus Cryptanura - Ich? - Cryptanura banchiformis - BugGuide.Net
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:37 AM   #4
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Dynamic Equilibrium...
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http://skagit.wsu.edu/MG/bugs/Ichneumon%20Wasps.pdf
Example of dynamic equilibrium
(the so called balance of nature, never a perfect balance, constance flux)-
As the caterpillars
increase in number,the wasps increase because of
the more abundant food supply.
As the wasps increase they destroy more of
their food supply and as food becomes more
difficult to find the wasps decrease in number,
letting the caterpillars multiply again.
Like the fluctuating populations
we see of insects...like tent caterpiller.
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Thanks you two!!! This was a really pretty wasp with all its white markings. I was sorta hoping those two distinct white spots on the thorax would help with an id even with bad photos but with a couple thousand.... unlikely. I don't remember the abdomen having any bands on it. He was out there again this morning. I tried to get better photos but he'd have none of that and was as spastic as ever every time I tried to get photos. This one moves fast.... real fast.
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Any idea what they are?
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They were inside that cotton-like puffball but dead.
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Default oak tree galls? or???

Anyone familiar with these found on my oak tree leaves??

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Oak leave midge gall

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