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Subject:  Red-yellow-black winged ant?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa, Ontario
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 01:01 PM EDT
Hi, Bugman! It’s starting to get cold out and I’ve been seeing occasional coniferous seed bugs around inside, but today I found this striking creature. What beautiful colours she has! Despite the distinct pattern and yellow mark on her back, I’m not sure what she is. Not like the paper wasps I’ve seen. Some sort of wasp or flying ant (because of the way the wings sit)? She wasn’t hostile but flew back to the windowsill when I attempted to move with a paper.
How you want your letter signed:  With a casual interest in entomology, Dannie

Ichneumon, we believe

Dear Dannie,
We believe this is a parasitoid Ichneumon, a relative of bees and wasps.  According to BugGuide:  “They vary greatly in size and color; many are uniformly colored, from yellowish to black and others are brightly patterned with black and brown or black and yellow; many have middle segments of antennae yellowish or whitish.  The majority resemble slender wasps but differ from the stinging wasps (Scolioidea, Vespoidea and Sphecoidea) in having longer antennae with more segments (usually at least 16). Many have long ovipositors, often longer than the body.  Ichneumonids are notoriously hard to identify: aside from the sheer number of species, there are numerous cases of distant relatives that appear almost identical. Any identification based solely on comparing images should be treated as suspect unless an expert has said there are no lookalikes for the species or group in question.”

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Subject:  Tiny and Friendly… Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greensboro, North Carolina U.S.A.
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 01:19 PM EDT
I found this small, winged insect in my bathroom sink this morning. At first I thought he was dead, but when I put my finger in front of him he crawled onto my fingernail. I took him outside where he cleaned himself off, investigated my hand, and eventually flew away. To give you an idea of his size, that’s my pinky finger that he’s perched on. I’ve tried to identify him for the past hour with no luck. He seems to have the body shape of some of the spider wasps I’ve found on the Internet, but his size and coloring doesn’t match. Any help putting a name to my new “friend” would be wonderfully appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you so much, Corey

Ichneumon

Dear Corey,
This is a Parasitoid Ichneumon Wasp and it looks like
Sphelodon phoxopteridis which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include various leafrollers (Tortricidae).” 

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Subject:  Please tell me what this is
Geographic location of the bug:  NJ
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 10:01 PM EDT
Hi,
Can you please tell me what this is, and please tell me it isn’t dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  J25

Ichneumon, we believe

Dear J25,
We believe this is an Ichneumon, but we would not eliminate the possibility that it might be the other family within Ichneumonoidea, Braconidae.  In a quick and unsuccessful attempt to identify it, we searched BugGuide, but a more thorough search will take much more time than we have right now.  We suspect this Ichneumon is the victim of Unnecessary Carnage.

Thanks! So from what I read about the two possibilities below – not dangerous to humans….
That’s what I really needed to know.
I appreciate your help greatly!
Joseph
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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Arkansas
Date: 08/31/2017
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Hello. This bug is not afraid of anyone getting close to it at all. It was on my shirt last night and then I knocked it off. A few minutes later it stung or bit my wrist and it stung for quite a bit. I’ve never seen a bug like this. We found it again today and I was trying to kill it but it was very tough to kill. Any ideas? Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Sam

Short-Tailed Ichneumon

Dear Sam,
This is a Short-Tailed Ichneumon in the subfamily Ophioninae, the only group of Ichneumons capable of stinging humans.

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Subject:  Help!
Geographic location of the bug:  North western KS
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 12:02 AM EDT
So this big was in my house and one of my kids (being a kid) tried to pick it up and got stung. Her whole finger is bright red and she’s telling me it feels like it was smashed. Any clue what this guy is!?
How you want your letter signed:  Lauren

Short Tailed Ichneumon

Dear Lauren,
Whenever we receive a submission or comment from a person claiming to have been bitten or stung by a Crane Fly, we immediate suspect a Short-Tailed Ichneumon like the one in the image you submitted.

 

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Subject:  What is this cool bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hesperia, MI
August 27, 2017 8:47 AM
We found this on our motorhome going through a pre-flight cleaning, but attached is a picture, it’s tail is amazing!
How you want your letter signed:  The schroeder’s

Stump Stabber

Dear Schroeders
This is the largest, and arguably the most impressive, North American parasitoid Ichneumon,
Megarhyssa atrata, commonly called a Stump Stabber because the female uses her lengthy ovipositor to lay eggs beneath the bark of trees that are infested with wood boring Horntail larvae.

 

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