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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Memphis, TN
December 12, 2015 6:03 pm
Hello,
I found this guy crawling on me. I live in Memphis, TN. It was on me yesterday (December 11, 2015). The weather is unusually warm her right now. It looks like some sort of wasp-like bug, but I have never seen one with this coloring.
Thanks,
Signature: Vera

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Dear Vera,
This is a parasitic relative of wasps from the family Ichneumonidae, and based on the black and white antennae, we believe it may be in the genus
Cryptanura which can be found on BugGuide.  Ichenumons are considered harmless to humans as most members of the family do not sting.  In our effort to educate the public about insects, we have created an Unnecessary Carnage tag and we hope any future encounters you have with this harmless beneficial insect will not result in a similar outcome.

Thank you Daniel! Hopefully the next time I encounter one, it won’t be in my shirt. 😊

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Subject: Help with a big bug
Location: Yardley PA
December 5, 2015 2:56 pm
We just spotted this large bug on our window screen. Is it a type of ichneumon wasp?
We live in Yardley PA.
Thanks,
Jessica
Signature: The graffius family

Giant Ichneumon

Giant Ichneumon

Dear Jessica,
This seems very late in the season for a Giant Ichneumon sighting in Pennsylvania, but this is nonetheless a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, most likely Megarhyssa macrurus.

Thank you so much for the quick response. It has been unusually warm so maybe that explains it. Can’t wait to tell the kids more about this bug. We get a lot of types at our house.
Jessica

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Subject: Orange big with glass like wings??
Location: England
September 8, 2015 4:58 am
Hiya,
I found this bug in my bathroom today and thought it was just so pretty! I wish i just knew what it was… any ideas?
Signature: From tegan xx

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Dear tegan xx,
This is an Ichneumon, a type of parasitic wasp.  Many species are attracted to lights, which is why we suspect it was found in your bathroom.  Your individual reminds us of
Ophion obscuratus which is pictured on iSpot.

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Subject: What is this ?
Location: Peyton,CO
September 3, 2015 5:17 pm
This guy/gal was walking on the porch in Colorado.
Signature: Colorado plains

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

This parasitic Ichneumon has a much stouter body than most of its numerous family members, and we believe we have correctly identified it as Trogus pennator thanks to excellent images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Trogus pennator is a parasitoid of swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae), ovipositing in the caterpillars.”

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

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Subject: Ichneumons
Location: Minneapolis, MN
September 1, 2015 9:19 pm
Here’s a cool photo of two Ichneumons, taken today in Minneapolis by my daughter Colette Walters while out on a walk, very warm here.
Signature: Jodie Walters

Stump Stabbers

Stump Stabbers

Dear Jodie,
We agree that Colette’s image of two Stump Stabbers laying eggs is quite beautiful.  They appear to be
Megarhyssa macrurus.

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Subject: Bug ID Please
Location: Alpena, Michigan 49707
August 16, 2015 4:50 pm
The attached photo is a bug that appears to be boring into my maple tree. Location is Alpena, Michigan. Can you identify this bug and let me know what damage it can do and how to get rid of it.
Thank you,
Dan Daoust
Signature: Black ink

Stump Stabber

Stump Stabber

Dear Black ink,
Any child raised on the Golden Book nature series will recognize the Giant Ichneumon,
Megarhyssa atrata, commonly called a Stump Stabber.  This female in the process of laying eggs is not causing any harm to your tree.  Conversely, she is laying her eggs where the larvae that hatch will come into contact with the wood boring larvae of the Pigeon Horntail.

Thanks for the quick reply and the info.  Is there anything that I need to do to prevent tree damage from the wood wasps. It appears as though they are hard workers.

It is our understanding that they do not attack healthy trees, so your maple was probably already compromised.  Promptly removing dead and diseased branches should help.

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