Weird Waspy Looking Thing
We live in Clearwater, FL and found this sort of waspy looking bug on the side of the garage. We’ve never seen anything quite like it and wondered if you could help us identify it! Thanks.
Martin & Lisa Hine

Hi Martin and Lisa,
We believe this to be an Ichneumon. Ichneumons belong to the order Hymenoptera which includes wasps. Ichneumons are important parasite species that lay eggs singly on a host insect. The larva then begins to eat the internal organs which results in the death of the host. If it were not for Ichnuemons, other species of insects would overpopulate, hence they are important in the balance of nature.

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