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help please? What’s this bug?
Found in Danville, California in a kitchen in late afternoon, for whatever that’s all worth. Can’t find a closely matching description anywhere. The antennae are extremely long, about the same length as its hind legs.
Thanks!
Ethan Filner

Hi Ethan,
You have sent in a very interesting photograph of a Short Tailed Ichneumon, Ophion species. Large specimens get to close to an inch in length, not counting the long antennae. Adults drink nectar and larvae eat the internal tissues of caterpillars, hence they are beneficial. They are actually a type of Wasp, but do not sting. They are attracted to artificial lights, which might explain the presence in your kitchen.

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