Subject: bees, scorpions, and dragonflys breeding?
Location: Island in New Hampshire
August 6, 2012 6:34 am
Found this insect on an island in New Hampshire beginning of August. Was sitting in a knot in a tree very docile. A similar looking mate was flying around outside. This one barely moved as I got close to take pictures. Looks like it had a stinger like a scorpion, head and upperbody if a bee, and body and wings of a dragon fly. Also had large black like whiskers pertruding off the sides. Very strange insect indeed would love any direction you could point me in with this. -Eric P.
Signature: Eric P.
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa, probably Megarhyssa macrurus. Giant Ichneumons are commonly called Stump Stabbers. The female stabs a stump using her long ovipositor to lay eggs beneath the surface of dead and dying trees that are infested with the wood boring larvae of Wood Wasps. See BugGuide for additional information.
Wow…such a quick reply, thanks so much! I guess my family and I have picked out names for our discovery in vain. So much for a rare island insect being undiscovered yet!