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Giant Ichneumon

Giant Icneumon; Megarhyssa atrata

Description:

Wingspan approx. 1.75-2" wings clear to smokey-brown. dark brown veins. Body length approx 1.5" with a single tail filament approx. 5.5-6". A lot of yellow/orange on the head & thorax while the abdomen appeared mostly black or very dark brown. Reference http://bugguide.net/node/view/310153

Habitat:

Spotted on the house. A lot of wet lands, deciduous & evergreen forests, pastures & fields, in this area.

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4 Comments

VonSelmer
VonSelmer 13 years ago

Thanks again, it's now identified.

VonSelmer
VonSelmer 13 years ago

Thanks again, it's now identified.

VonSelmer
VonSelmer 13 years ago

Thank you, Gordon. I'll check it out.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 13 years ago

It's huge! As a result, I'd suggest searching the giant ichneumon wasps for an ID. It might be Megarhyssa macrurus based upon your description and the size, but start looking here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/4158/bgima...

VonSelmer
Spotted by
VonSelmer

Rindge, New Hampshire

Spotted on Jun 8, 2011
Submitted on Jun 14, 2011

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