When I was home, I searched the internet for wasps with long tails. I would guess the tail along was about 4 inches long and thread-thin.
I did not read any comments on any websites from someone claiming to have been stung by one.
All of those trees grow along the Credit River valley in Mississauga. It looked like a wasp, but had an amazingly long tail. The author doubts that most of them could get their sting to penetrate your skin. There are some videos and an interesting written summary of how the Giant Ichneumon Wasp drills down through a dead tree trunk to reach an insect larvae and lay an egg on it at the Nature Documentaries website.
Pigeon Horntails, Tremex columba, are another type of wasp. According to the Animal Diversity website of the University of Michigan the wasp lays one egg directly on one larvae of a Pigeon Horntail.
As I watched, it rose up and moved a few grasses over, then settled again. This one was some kind of insect.
To do that she must hear the larvae in the dead tree, then drill down with her ovipositor to reach the horntail.
Join In Have you ever seen such a long-tailed wasp? Please share your sighting with a comment. According to Lloyd Eighme, retired entomologist on the Washington State University Skagit County websitethe wasps probably can sting but are not known to do so.
The legs were also unusually long. The helpful people at BugGuide. Like a woodpecker, this wasp drills through dead tree trunks to reach the grub-like larvae living deep inside. They are a wood wasp whose grub stage usually lives in dead or dying trees. It served as a good reminder that I need to stay alert and look for new animals on my rambles.
They also say it can take an hour for her to successfully drill, lay her egg, and pull out, and that she is vulnerable to predators during that time. Had I not been waiting I might never have seen this Ichneumon when it wobbled into view.
There are some photos though of one of them apparently drinking juice from a grape. This repeated several times. Trees they live in include beeches, elms, maples, oaks, poplars and apples, according to BugGuide. I took a few photos although it was a bit too far away to focus on clearly.
Was it trying to lay eggs? In the larval stage, one wasp feeds externally on one Pigeon Horntail larvae, eventually killing it. Posted on by BetCrooks While watching a House Wren hunting among the tall grasses and rushes in an almost dry marsh in Mississauga, I watched as another odd flying predator wobbled into view.
Can Ichneumon Wasps Sting? The long tail also seemed to cause trouble as it bumped into the vegetation. The site says it is not known exactly how the female detects the presence of the larvae:how are bug labs' project selection choices influenced by its strategy of focusing on the "long tail"?
5. COULD BUG LABS USE ANY. It’s very dark or black with a long jointed looking body, black wings and the really long tail that totally creeps me out. 🙂 Scaredy Cat North Texas/DFW Squashed Giant Ichneumon Dear Scaredy Cat, This is a female Giant Ichneumon, Megarhyssa atrata, and she is perfectly harmless.
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