Location: Battle Ground WA
June 28, 2017 8:19 pm
Can you please tell me what is this bug? Found in my backyard.
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This is some species of parasitic wasp, and based on BugGuide images, we believe it is in the genus Megischus, a group that includes the Crown of Thorns Wasp, but according to BugGuide the range is: “Eastern United States. (Taber reports this species occurs from ‘coast-to-coast’.) ” Your individual has white marks on the legs and the images of the Crown of Thorns Wasp lack that feature.
What you have called a “tail” is the female’s ovipositor that she uses to lay eggs.