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Orange ichneumon wasp, female

Theronia hilaris

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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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