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Ichneumon wasp (female)

Pimpla sodalis longigenalis

Description:

Medium-sized wasp, black with red legs as shown, but several other ichneumon wasps look similar.

Habitat:

This female was feeding on sticky liquid on the stem of a sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus) in a vast, open field of grasses, yucca, and occasional prickly-pear cacti.

Notes:

Identification provided by Bob Carlson via Bugguide.net. Male specimens lack the long, tail-like ovipositor.

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BugEric
Spotted by
BugEric

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Jan 10, 2013

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