Unknown bug pictures included
Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 6:26 AM
We are finding these bugs at our house. A few weeks ago we found 2 very small bugs (babies) that flew into the house. They appeared to be attreacted to lampshades or light fixtures. We are now seeing larger ones outside hanging out on the outside of our sliding glass door and windows. This particular bug is 3/4 of an inch from tip of ‘tail’ to tip of anntenae. They look like ants with wings, but with long anttenae and a possible stinger from the back portion. It is straight and does not ever appear curved or fluid in movement. We are not seeing a tremendous amount, and only one at a time seems to be around.
This is an Ichneumon, a family of parasitic wasps that prey on a variety of host insects and arthropods. Ichneumons will not harm you nor your home, and they are important biological controls for keeping insect populations in check. We believe your example may be in the genus Pimpla as evidenced by images posted to BugGuide.