Dragonfly? Wasp? Hybrid?
June 8, 2010
I have lived in Vermont all my life but have never seen this before . Can you identify what this is?
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa, and she is a female. The long stingerlike ovipositor is used by the female to deposit her eggs deep inside wood that is infested with wood boring larvae of the Pigeon Horntail, the exclusive food for this parasitoid relative of wasps.