Wasp, Ichneumon Wasp (Megarhyssa macrurus)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Ichneumonidae
Genus: Megarhyssa
Species: macrurus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona
Aurora, Colorado
Bayfield, Colorado
Davenport, Iowa
Fallston, Maryland
Britton, Michigan
North Tonawanda, New York
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Allen, Texas
Sanger, Texas
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Members' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 13, 2019, jkhm from Tempe, AZ wrote:

Just met one of these in my garden last week in Tempe AZ. Quite lovely and not at all threatening, once I figured out that it had an ovipositor, not a huge stinger!

Neutral

On Aug 28, 2009, trish1983 from Pottsville, PA wrote:

I found one of these wasps in my living room today. It looks creapy but it didn't hurt me or my children. I was surprised so see something so exotic looking in my house....he was a welcomed guest. :)

Positive

On Sep 5, 2007, Sashagirl from Davenport, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

These are non stinging wasps.
They do appear scary looking, because of their exceptionally long ovipositor, at the end of their bodys.
At first glance, one might assume it is a humongous 'stinger', but that's not so.
The long ovipositor is to help them lay their eggs down inside rotting wood.

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