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Axe shaped rear end
Location:  Fort Worth, TX
September 30, 2010 6:59 pm
I have seen quite a few of these in and outside the house. Have no idea what it may be but the rear end tends to swing/chop up and down when it is landed, just like an axe swing. The wings are fly-like, clear and are the length of the body. The head and antennae look like an ant. The six legs are similiar to a cricket or such. Long thicker back legs with the other four like a fly or such.
Body aprox 3/8 inch; 3/4 inch overall length from head to extended legs.
Signature:  Thanks, David

Ensign Wasp

Hi David,
The Ensign Wasp gets its common name because of its habit of bobbing its abdomen up and down while hunting.  They are also known as Hatchet Wasps or Flag Wasps according to the Australian Museum website.  Ensign Wasps are a beneficial species and their presence should be encouraged because they parasitize the ootheca or egg cases of Cockroaches.

Daniel,
Thank you!  I have looked and looked until my eyes are bleary to try and match the bug to something on the web, but to no avail.
I thank you again!
David Bryan

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

One Response to Ensign Wasp

  1. Kristi says:

    Thank you for the post. It was very useful!

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