Male Giant Ichneumon Wasp
Female Giant Ichneumon Wasp
29 Jul 2014.
Pine Run Reservoir, Bucks Co, PA.
Found in a meadow next to a lake.
ID courtesy of Joseph Fortier:
Ichneumonid parasitoid wasp
St Olaf Natural Lands
Ichneumonidae: Campopleginae: Campoletis sp. ?
male vigorously pursuing and displaying for female
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Saint Johns, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus (East)
Habitat: Carex sp. By pond.
Identification: Spathius thorpei Belokobylskij & Austin, 2013. Female. ID from the literature (Belokobylskij & Austin, 2013). Agrees very well with the holotype female.
Belokobylskij, S.A.; Austin, A.D. 2013: New species of flightless doryctine parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae) from Australia and New Zealand. Australian journal of entomology, 52(4): 338-355. doi: 10.1111/aen.12042 [See p. 349, and figs. 36-46]
Presumably a small native wasp - since it has a sting. It is only about 5mm long, black body with white trim, red legs with black feet, black antennae with a distinct white band.
It has taken up residency in my tea cup and was observed drinking licorice tea! Probably because it is so dry
The Ichneumonoidea are insects classified in the hymenopteran suborder Apocrita. The superfamily is made up of the ichneumon wasps (sometimes inaccurately called "ichneumon flies"); family Ichneumonidae and the braconids (family Braconidae). Like other parasitic wasps, they were long placed in the "Parasitica", variously considered as an infraorder or an unranked clade, but actually not a monophyletic group.