Ichneumon wasp

6594.  Hello not sure what kind of insect. I found this in my backyard today and would like to know what it is. Thank you for your time. Sincerely. Nathan. Horseshoe valley. Canada


Number 6594. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae); it looks like Saranaca elegans,  Click here for an image. All ichneumon wasps are parasitic on other arthropods, primarily other insects; this species appears to prey upon the caterpillars of the Virginia creeper sphinx moth.