Subject: Weird Red Flying Insect
Location: Mill Creek, WA, USA
February 8, 2015 11:12 pm
Hi! I saw this bug quite a while ago on the side of my house. I just learned about your website so I thought I’d send in my pic! I hope you can help!!
This is an Ichneumon, a parasitic wasp in the family Ichneumonidae, which according to BugGuide has: “About 5,000 described species in North America, possibly 3,000 more undescribed; arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates). Your individual looks very similar to this member of the genus Ophion from Idaho that is pictured on BugGuide.”