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Orange ichneumon wasp, female

Theronia hilaris


Ichneumon wasps differ from typical wasps, which sting in defense (Aculeata: Vespoidea and Apoidea), in that the antennae have more segments; typically 16 or more, whereas the others have 13 or fewer. Female ichneumon wasps frequently exhibit an ovipositor longer than their body.


There are about approximately 3,000 species in North America. Seen at Mason Farm Biological Preserve.

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 20, 2012
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012

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