What Is This Insect

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Big Dave, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. Bfly Farmer

    Bfly Farmer Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  2. AnnieOakley

    AnnieOakley NRA

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  3. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Member

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    Don't you just love those digital cameras!.
     
  4. pasotami

    pasotami Hangin out at the barn!

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    The photo said it does not sting but it sure looks like it could lay a good one on somebody....
    Scary looking!
     
  5. Sammi

    Sammi Member

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    I have never seen anything like that ! What area of the US is it located in ?
     
  6. wy0mn

    wy0mn Transplanted RedNeck

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    Don't know the bug, but looks like an ovapositor (sp?) to me, used for egg laying, and not a stinger.
     
  7. suburbanite

    suburbanite Well-Known Member

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    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. :D
     
  8. cindyc

    cindyc Well-Known Member

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    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. :)

    Cindyc.
     
  9. Big Dave

    Big Dave Well-Known Member

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    YEP it is a wasp Aint nature great
    Thanks for your help
     
  10. rkintn

    rkintn mean people suck

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    Thanks for the neat link to the bug id website!
     
  11. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.