Crazy looking flying ant-like creature
Location: Victoria, B.C.
June 23, 2011 11:02 pm
Found this in the mid-spring. It was just sitting on these blossoms for hours. I saw another one of them but way smaller. So I thought perhaps this is a queen or something. But if you can see, it has a very long needle thing out the back end of it. It looks like a flying ant but very unique qualities. I really want to know what this is! Thank you in advance.
Signature: Well Done!
Dear Well Done!,
This is some species of Icheumon, though we are uncertain of he species. Ichneumons are parasitic relatives of wasps and bees. The long stinger is an ovipositor that is an organ the female uses to lay eggs. Ichneumons are parasitic on a variety of insects.