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Freakishly long tailed flying insect - Megarhyssa macrurus

Freakishly long tailed flying insect - Megarhyssa macrurus
Wheaton, Dupage County, Illinois, USA
October 4, 2009
Size: about 8in

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Freakishly long tailed flying insect - Megarhyssa macrurus Freakishly long tailed flying insect - Megarhyssa macrurus

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Megarhyssa macrurus
Nice find. I agree with 'jbremer'. It's a female Giant Ichneumon. Scientific name: Megarhyssa macrurus. The freakish tail is called the ovipositor. It's the appendage that the female uses to deposit her eggs. From what I know, it's sort of a treat to get to see one of these. I got lucky and captured a few photos of a Megarhyssa nortoni early last month. Here's another one for comparison...and please make sure to read Ross Hill's comment at the bottom of the page:
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macrurus
Perhaps it is macrurus, but the linked image could be greenei instead of macrurus. The former is a little smaller and lacks infuscation along the basal vein of the forewing. The color pattern of the forewing cannot be seen in the linked image.

 
What can I say, I'm an amateur :)
I am for sure not an Ichneumon expert. I feel embarrassed for trying to ID this one without the proper knowledge to back it up. I would erase the thumb link to avoid any further confusion, but I can't edit the comment any more.

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Megarhyssa
Megarhyssa

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