Saturday, August 16, 2014

Giant Ichneumon Wasp

My contribution to eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #37:

This is a Giant Ichneumon Wasp. You can read more here about The Incredible Ichneumon.







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10 comments:

Jim H. said...

How do you know what these things are? Never heard of nor seen that remarkable wasp before.

eileeninmd said...

Great collection of critter photos. I have never seen a wasp like that, love the cute frog and the puppydog! Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely series of photos! I love the frog and the chipmunk.

M. Bouffant said...

Can't you get a wireless wasp?

janiceadcock said...

Sweet little toad!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

We had one of those ichneumon wasps flying around the office a couple of days ago. I prefer them being outside, even though I don't freak out at the bugs.

Alexia said...

Thanks for the link - that wasp really is an interesting critter!

Smut Clyde said...

I've been stung by ichneumons a couple of times and it stings like taxes. Guess I should be grateful that the little buggers did not then drag me off to their nest and inject me with eggs so the larvae could eat me alive.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I've seen Ichneumon wasps before, but never one like this.

It did not fly fast or evasively...in fact, its flight makes a carpenter bee look like a dragonfly. But fly it did...with a six to eight inch ovipositor trailing behind.
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Li'l Innocent said...

You're right, Thunder, that IS a better use for the foot. And you have very neat, clean sneakers.

I consider that having to haul around an ovipositor that's longer than one's body is one of Ma Nature's more absurd penalties for being a member of a particular gender.