This type of wasp was found on a book bag on the school campus. It was the only one found in the area at the time.
Ah, the days of yore and sad cameras. I believe this may be a male Megarhyssa macrurus.
Perched on a butchered bush honeysuckle stem in a shaded area of young forest with many recently dead elm trees.
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.