Is this an aculeate?

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Laverock
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Is this an aculeate?

A curious insect has been posted on iSpot which you might like to look at:

http://www.ispotnature.org/node/703750

It appears to have a wasp waist and looks too robust for an ichneumonoid. However it has very long antennae and an abdomen very dark dorsally and pale ventrally, which looks like nothing I can find in your records or random Googling for a possible vagrant. Oh, and it's from Orkney, which doesn't strike me as the most species-diverse area (or a likely place for a vagrant). Baffled.

Nigel Jones
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I agree, the antenna look

I agree, the antenna look like typical parasitica antenna. Also there are no UK aculeates that look like this. So yes, it's not an aculeate.

Laverock
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OK, thanks for your thoughts,

OK, thanks for your thoughts, Nigel.

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