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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Big Dave, Sep 8, 2006.
It is not the best of photos for identification, but it looks like an ichneumonid wasp - not sure of the exact species. Wasps aren't my area of expertise.
It's a American Pelecinid.
Don't you just love those digital cameras!.
The photo said it does not sting but it sure looks like it could lay a good one on somebody....
I have never seen anything like that ! What area of the US is it located in ?
Don't know the bug, but looks like an ovapositor (sp?) to me, used for egg laying, and not a stinger.
The one at the bug-id site was photographed in the upper midwest, so it occurs there, at least.
I would have guessed it was a funky angle on a damselfly. Ooops.
The long thing that looks like a stinger is indeed an ovipositor. It bores into wood with the ovipositor and lays eggs in it. The larvae munch on the wood, while growing up. So says my bug-happy dh. I learn lots of stuff from that guy.
YEP it is a wasp Aint nature great
Thanks for your help
Thanks for the neat link to the bug id website!
A stinger is an ovipositor. Nearly all those honeybees and wasps you see are females. Males don't sting because they don't have ovipositors.