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WTF is this bug?
Hi, I’m from Denver, Colorado, and we dont get a lot of crazy insects on account of the dry-weather and cold and whatnot, but for some reason, I was out working in my backyard yesterday and I found this bizarre looking thing that I’d never seen before in my many years in the Rocky Mountains…and have NO idea what it is! Any ideas? (I have huge huge high-res photos if you’d like them for additional detail) Thanks a bunch!
Chris

Hi Chris,
We are sensing real domain potential with the “WTF is that Bug?” website. This is one of the Giant Ichneumons, probably Megarhyssa macrurus. The female deposits eggs with that stingerlike ovipositor and the young prey on wood boring insects.

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