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Subject: Wasp?
Location: 70363
April 15, 2016 7:12 am
We found this bug but not familiar with it
Signature: Ryan duthu

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Dear Ryan,
Your wasp is a parasitic Ichneumon.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “About 5,000 described species in North America, possibly 3,000 more undescribed(2); arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates.”

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Subject: Wasp or mayfly?
Location: Victorville, California
March 21, 2016 9:53 am
There are a large number of these bugs around our house. They seem to be attracted to our porch lights and congregate in groups of anywhere to 20 to more than 50. Some flew into our house last night and I think I got stung or bit while picking one up to take back outside. They also move like wasps but don’t seem to be very aggressive. However they seem to die very quickly – I swept our porch yesterday and this morning there are dozens of dead or dying ones, which makes me think they are may flies. I tried doing some Google searches but didn’t find a lot of information. Any help is very much appreciated, as we have a small dog and a newborn.
Signature: Melissa

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Dear Melissa,
This is an Ichneumon in the Ophionini tribe, and it is a member of a family of parasitic Wasps that are usually very host specific.  We believe this is the creature that is frequently confused with Crane Flies, especially when folks claim to have been stung by a Crane Fly.

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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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