Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp


Ophion Ichneumonidae photo © by Mike Plagens

Aguila, Maricopa County, Arizona. 26 March 2017.

Ichneumonidae -- Ichneumon Wasp Family

The wasp shown here is a male and like all male wasps it lacks any sort of sting. Ichneumon Wasp females possess an ovipositor that is normally incapable of delivering a sting. Instead it is used to parasitize the larva stage of a lepidoptera (butterfly of moth caterpillar). There are many species and separating them requires considerable expertise.

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