pelecinid wasp? - Pelecinus polyturator
Brossard, Quebec, Canada
August 4, 2007
Size: 3 inches
I have never seen this before. I’m not good at estimating size but it was at least three inches long, and moved very clumsily. When it was on a leaf the abdomen was either curled (first picture) or extended (second picture), when it crawled (dragged itself) over the mud it raised its abdomen high over its head (unfortunately the photos of this behavior were badly out of focus). Other than a whitish mark on the antennae it was metallic black all over. It took a long time to figure out what it was, but from the guide I am fairly sure it is a pelecinid wasp.
Overall it had a science fiction quality about it, it is an amazing animal
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