finally got a shot of a freshly emerged wasp
seem like after a day or two of these appearing the host lets go with its front legs n hangs there like this
Possibly Dolichomitus imperator??
Attracted into house by light. Distinguished from M macrurus by lighter unpigmented basal vein on forewing
catalpa sphinx caterpillar Ceratomia catalpae parasitized by Braconid wasp
cocoons, the mass was broken open to reveal the cocoons
Ichneumonidae, I think. Lovettsville, Virginia, USA
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looks like its staking out the Polistes nest, i wonder if the freshly emerged Polistes attracted it?
4 hrs later she sneaked in while they were enjoying i meal brought in by a sister, then she was run off
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.