What kind of insect is this?
Hello! I found this insect at my house located in Central PA. I think that it may be some sort of dragonfly. What is it?
Thanks!
Eileen

Hi Eileen,
Thanks for sending in the great photos of Megarhyssa atrata, the Giant Ichneumon. Your female wasp uses that long ovipositor to deposit eggs deep inside living trees. Her young seek out and devour boring insects like sawflies. Though it looks dangerous, she will not sting you, despite being a type of wasp.

One Response to Giant Ichneumon

  1. Matt says:

    Saw one in Astoria Oregon
    Flying around a dead monkey puzzle tree

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