Two new species of insects discovered in natural reserve in Murmansk region
The group of researchers entomologists invited in Laplandsky natural reserve has gathered and treated material comprised of thousands of species of insects. During specification of ichneumon flies, it has been turned out that these two species are new and previously unknown for science.
Ichneumon flies is a family of winged insects sized from 2 to 40 mm. The family contains more than 23 thousand species, while up to 5 thousands among them inhabit the European part of Russia. Larvae of ichneumons parasitize on larvae and prepupae of other insects, e.g., wasps, ants, flies, butterflies, and beetles. The adult insects feed with nectar and pollen.