Another insect that looks frightening is this “Giant Ichneumon Wasp”. The female uses the thread-like structures to insert eggs into trees that are infested with horntail larvae. The wasp larva is a parasite of these wood boring insects. The 4-inch long “stinger” is really an egg-laying device and is harmless. Sometimes you see the female wasp that has gotten stuck and died and are hanging from tree trunks or limbs.This article was posted in Odd Insects, Wasps and Bees.
Department of Entomology