Challenge: Have You Seen This Wasp?

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Back on 28 September I found this insect occupied on a log as evening approached here in northeast Kansas.  After my students found they could stump me with fairly basic questions, I told them that someday I would be back with more information on it.  My enthusiasm far exceeds my working knowledge on most insects, so I would love to know both its identity and any natural history.

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3 thoughts on “Challenge: Have You Seen This Wasp?

  1. Jeff:

    It’s an Ichneumon wasp and looks like a Megarhyssa. You can find more info at:

    The Bug Guide

    From Insects in Kansas:

    “This species is one of the largest ichneumons wasps in Kansas, although smaller than M. atrata (Fabricus).

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