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Possible Giant Ichneumon – Megarhyssa atrata
May 31, 2009
We found a number of these bugs on the side of a tree while walking through a forest preserve in Northern Illinois (Rockford). They didn’t seem skittish and allowed us to take quite a few hi-res photos of them. There were probably eight or so of them on a single tree. We never saw them anywhere else in the park, only on one tree.
Blake
Rockford, IL

Giant Ichneumon Ovipositing

Giant Ichneumon Ovipositing

Dear Blake,
We are trying to devote a bit of time to addressing unanswered mail, and your photo of a female Megarhyssa atrata in the act of ovipositing is beautiful.

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