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Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp, Ophion  species - Enicospilus - female

Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp, Ophion species - Enicospilus - Female
Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
May 24, 2005
Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp, Ophion species

Moved
Moved from Ophioninae.

Ophioninae...
If you were stung, then this is a female as males do not have a short, sharp ovipositor. Even if you weren't stung, most of the time the "stinger" is not extruded, so it can be difficult to tell males and females in this genus apart. Many wasps in the subfamily Ophioninae are in this genus (Ophion), but assuming they all are would not be correct, so I would leave this at the subfamily level for now.

See reference here:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/43468

 
thanks for info.
Female makes sense with sting. I think I got confused by the "short-tailed" aspect, thinking Ichneumon without a long tail had to be a male. Thanks for the explanation.

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