Stump Stabber

Subject: Strange Flying Insect in Ohio
Location: Northeast Ohio, near water
June 1, 2016 5:51 am
I was hoping you could help me to identify this strange flying insect I saw while hiking yesterday. It was spotted in Northeast Ohio near a stream.
Thank you,
Signature: Cody Couch

Stump Stabber
Stump Stabber

Dear Cody,
This is a Stump Stabber, a Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa, and she is laying her eggs where they will parasitize the wood boring larvae of Wood Wasps known as Pigeon Horntails.

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