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