Giant Ichneumon

Subject: Scared husband, Braconid or ichneumon?
Location: Shelton, CT
October 13, 2013 10:13 pm
My husband found this on his arm today after helping me with some gardening. I’m not sure how it escaped with its life, he’s a bit jittery with the insect world. He came to get me, I assured him the spike as he called it was not to sting him! We are curious what she is and where she would be depositing her eggs. She had some really pretty colors, orange and yellow. Not very graceful in flight though. I put her in my juniper bush to save her from the dog!
Signature: Karen wife if scared husband

Giant Ichneumon
Giant Ichneumon

Hi Karen,
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, most likely Megarhyssa macrurus or Megarhyssa nortoni, which are both pictured on BugGuide.

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