|Giant Ichneumon Wasp - Megarhyssa greenei|
Order Hymenoptera - Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies / Parasitica - Parasitic Apocrita
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea - Braconid and Ichneumon Wasps
Live adult male and female wasps photographed in the wild at Winfield, Illinois
|Male Megarhyssa wasps gather at trees or fallen logs where female wasps are emerging in springtime. They seek to inseminate the females by either of two methods - waiting for them to emerge, or actually inserting their abdomens into the hole from which the female will shortly emerge. (Talk about robbing the cradle!)|
Male Megharyssa wasp searchs with his antennae for emerging virgin females with which to mate.
Female Megarhyssa laying eggs, her ovipositor drilled into a fallen log.
Hymenoptera (Latin for membrane wing) is a vast assemblage of insects second only to Coleoptera (beetles) in the number of described species. Hymenoptera number some 115,000 species - of which 18,000 live in North America. Hymenopterans inhabit a wide variety of habitats, and show an incredible diversity in size, behavior, structure and color.
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