Bug found in Canada
Location: Algonquin Park Canada
February 22, 2012 8:00 pm
We took these pictures of an insect in Algonquin National Park in Canada during mid August last year and have been wondering what it is and if it’s giving birth or something.
Signature: Chris and Maren
Dear Chris and Maren,
This is a positively gorgeous photo of a Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa depositing her eggs beneath the bark of a dying tree. Another large member of the order of insects that includes bees and wasps, the Pigeon Horntail, has wood boring larvae that are the host insect to the developing larva of the Giant Ichneumon. We believe your Giant Ichnuemon is Megarhyssa macrurus. Though the Giant Ichneumons appear to have incredibly long stingers, sometimes as much as five inches in length, the Giant Ichneumon is perfectly harmless and will not sting. Giant Ichneumons are sometimes called Stump Stabbers.