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Wasp with convulsions - Enicospilus

Wasp with convulsions - Enicospilus
Beavercreek, Greene County, Ohio, USA
July 8, 2017
Presumably Ichneumonidae, perhaps Ophion sp? This wasp appeared normal much of the time, crawling about though it seems it was not capable of flying, but several times during the hour I observed it, it would suddenly go into convulsions, curling up, flipping over, with legs and antennae flailing violently. Then it would right itself, and slowly crawl away, with this behavior repeated several times. I have included four photos shot during one such episode, taken over a nine second time frame. Would anyone care to speculate about what the problem may have been?

This photo was taken two minutes before the convulsive episode shown in the final four photos.

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Enicospilus…
Wings and other parts seem to be intact - it's possible that the flight muscles are just not functioning properly.

See reference here.

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