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No Fear

How would you react if you saw one of these?

megarhyssa-male-wasp-1

You can't tell from the photo, but this insect is roughly an inch-and-a-half long.

megarhyssa-male-wasp

No need to be alarmed, however. That is not a stinger pointing out of it's body, but the wasp's extra-long abdomen.

Unless my recollections are wrong, it is a male ichneumonid wasp of the genus Megarhyssa.

In any case, no cause for alarm.

Note:  This particular wasp emerged from a pile of firewood. The larvae feed on grubs within the wood.

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