Giant Ichneumon Wasp Black and yellow wasp drilling into aspen tree to lay eggs using long needle or ovipositor
Giant Ichneumon (Megarhyssa atrata) Preparing for Oviposition "All Nature is but Art unknown to thee; / All chance direction, which thou canst not see; / All discord, harmony not understood; / All partial evil, universal good; / And spite of pride, in erring Reason's spite, / One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right." --Alexander Pope Photographed at Petersburg, North Dakota (14 June 2010).
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Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumonidae) Hunting An ichneumon wasp forages for prey among leaf litter at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (17 April 2010). Click here to learn more about the life cycle of a related species of Ichneumon Wasp:
Giant Ichneumon (Ichneumonidae: Megarhyssa) Female on Tree Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (11 June 2010).
CANON VIXIA HF20 - Extreme macro of a Ichneumon Wasp! A Giant Ichneumon "Megarhyssa macrurus" Oviposition female is laying eggs in the holes of an old dry log. Canon Vixia HF20 extreme macro in high definition. Filmed by Adam *** Please Subscribe, Thumbs Up, and Comment *** Follow us on Twitter @
Giant Ichneumon (Ichneumonidae: Megarhyssa macrurus) Removing Ovipositor Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (03 July 2003).
Ichneumons (Ichneumonidae: Arotes) Female Behavior Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (06 July 2010).
Ichneumon wasp of Togian An ichneumon grooms on the island of Togian in Sulawesi.
Giant Ichneumons probably Megarhyssa macrurus A giant wasp withdrawing her ovipositor from the bark of a tree. She lays her eggs on the larva of bark beetles.taken 9/9/06,Severson Dells, Rockford,Il.
The Ichneumon Wasp This is a video of the ichneumon wasp taken from the BBC's Life in the Undergrowth documentary series.
Ichneumon Wasp An Ichneumon Wasp searching for a possible prey source in which to parasitize.
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Giant Ichneumon wasp (or Dolichomitus wasp?) The mysterious and fascinating activities of a Giant Ichneumon wasp laying eggs!
Giant Ichneumon Wasp Wasp unpacking the egg laying member. Windfall, In 2010. Notice how dead wood of tree has many holes. After I stopped filmming, I found the male nearby.
ichneumons.wmv I came across this Giant Ichneumon Wasp (female) drilling into a tree stump. After a bit of research, I was amazed at this creature's life story and the fact that I had caught it preparing to lay its eggs. I came back to this stump many times durign the following weeks to see how many of these giant parasitic wasps would show up. Nature's wonders are never ending. This species grows to 7 1/2 inches (females) when you include the ovipositor and drilling fibers!
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Ichneumon Wasp making a deposit with very long ovipositor into tree trunk Taken a few years ago with a low rez camera, this incredible Ichneumon Wasp (Megarhyssa atrata) is one of the first creatures that drew me into the insect world. This is a giant parasitic wasp that located Horntail Wasp grubs in tree trunks, then drills through with a long whip-like ovipositor, to deposit an egg on the larvae. Check out the IchnemonWasp_withdrawing video to witness just how long this ovipositor is.
CHASMA: "Ichneumon" Ambient made by CHASMA in STUDIO REICHtag 2010.
Ichneumon Fly "Cremation Of Care"
Stump Stabber (Ichneumon) Saw this up at Wilderness Awareness Schools land. John C. showed this to us.
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Giant Ichneumons (Megarhyssa macrurus and Megarhyssa atrata) Females of two species of Giant Ichneumon wasp take advantage of a hole in tree, a recent excavation by a Pileated Woodpecker, to lay their eggs near Pigeon Tremex larvae. Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (11 June 2010).
Giant Ichneumon Wasp From the what the hell is that in my back yard department, this is a female giant ichneumon wasp I found on my garage door this morning. More information about the bug can be found here:
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Giant Ichneumon (Ichneumonidae: Megarhyssa) Female Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (13 August 2009). This was one of several species of harmless insects that seemed noticeably disoriented after a USAF-mediated aerial mosquito-spraying operation over the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota on the evening of 13 August.
Ichneumon Wasp (Icheumonidae) Hunting This was one of perhaps a dozen individuals that were hunting the edge of wet grass near a south-facing wall of the Wellness Center on the UND Campus, Grand Forks, North Dakota (30 April 2010). Note the abundance of mites found on the blades of grass.
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Ichneumon (Ichneumonidae) Female on Leaf Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (25 May 2010).
Large Ichneumon Wasp (Rhyssa persuasoria) While tidying up the garden I happen to notice a female Large Ichneumon Wasp (Rhyssa persuasoria) hunting for a living host to act as an incubator and food supply for its progeny. Normally this species of Ichneumon hunts down the Giant Wood Wasp (or Greater Horntail as it's sometimes called) so I'm guessing this Ichneumon has chosen an alternative source either through convenience or because the natural population of the Giant Wood Wasp is in decline? Either way, it was fascinating watching this insect listening out for movement through a few centimeters of solid wood. As you can see from the video it uses its antennae to look for chemical markers that indicate that a suitable host is hidden nearby. It also feels for the vibrations given off by the larvae as it moves within its nesting chamber. It's been years since I last saw a Giant Wood Wasp and I'm certain there isn't any living in or near the garden so I can postulate that this wasp has adapted its behaviour and found an alternative host type. If anyone knows any different please drop me a line via this site or comments section. Thanks, Andrew
Giant Ichneumons (Megarhyssa atrata) in Oviposition Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (14 June 2010).
Giant Ichneumon Wasp Watch a Giant Ichneumon Wasp use its huge ovipositor to lay eggs into the larva of the pigeon tremex horntail wasp! When the eggs hatch they will eat the larva of the horntail wasp.
Giant Ichneumon (Megarhyssa spp.) Male on Leaf Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (29 May 2010). I apologize for the 'leaf shake'. The prairie winds were gusting when this photo was taken.
Ichneumon (Ichneumonidae: Mesostenus) Female on Leaf Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (22 July 2009).