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18th-Aug-2008 03:27 pm
Dragon Fly
Got back around 1 this afternoon and putz around taking pictures of my stash and unpacking. Brian happened to go outside and I hear him say in an odd voice "ok, so this is unusual." I get up and immediately insist on a photo, because, well...INSECTS IN MICHIGAN SHOULDN'T GET THIS BIG!!!

From the tip of it's upper legs to the bottom of the thingy hanging from its abdomen, this prettily decorated monster is a full 4" long.

I'm attempting to figure out what it is. But boy is it pretty!

Update on the fuzz fest later when I finish the photos.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumon_wasp (identification credit to my favorite sexy librarian, hannunvaakuna)
18th-Aug-2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
with the wings, it lokks like some type of Dragonfly maybe?
18th-Aug-2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Actually, the wings were more like a fly than a dragonfly or damselfly. My favorite librarian found it for me, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumon_wasp It's a type of parasitic wasp!
18th-Aug-2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ichneumon wasp
Megarhyssa macrurus

Non-stinging wasp that feeds on grubs and sometimes spiders. Habitat is dead deciduous trees. The long "tail" is her ovipositor.

Yay Order Hymenoptera!
18th-Aug-2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
*laugh* 30 seconds earlier and I would have credited the find to you!

I should have figured you'd know!
18th-Aug-2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
ovipositor is my new favorite word (:
18th-Aug-2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm really surprised that we didn't see you there. It was much smaller this year than last year, and with only those couple of buildings, I was sure I'd run into you kids. Maybe next time. :)
18th-Aug-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Me too! Brian and I sat for a while watching the crowd hoping to spot you!
18th-Aug-2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Holy crap that thing is HUGE!
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