Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Coral Springs, Florida
December 28, 2015 11:44 am
I have found several of these, of various size, inside my house. You may not be able to see in this picture, but they do have wings. The sightings are sporadic with maybe a few weeks in between. We live in South Florida.
Signature: Michele Myers

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Dear Michele,
If you are finding similar creatures in different sizes, you may be dealing with more than one species, but the insect in the attached image is a beneficial Ensign Wasp.  Ensign Wasps parasitize the oothecae or egg cases of Cockroaches, helping to control populations of what many folks consider to be household pests.

Location: Coral Springs, Florida

2 Responses to Ensign Wasp

  1. hans says:

    well I got news for you they do attack ,bite/sting humans.
    I terminate them with extreme prejudice and no mercy because of it.
    I backfist them against concrete walls.
    Best to stun them first with windex so they can’t fly away, then stomp your heart out. sweet revenge

  2. Kim Montgomery says:

    Hey if they paratiize cockroach egg capsules then I will worship them till I die!

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