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Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - female

Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - Female
Enumclaw, Forested Unincorporated King County, Washington, USA
October 1, 2009
Size: 6"!!!
She was huge; six inches (including ovipositor)! Was the biggest I've seen around here. I'm curious if anyone knows if it's really M. nortoni? That was just a guess based on other images in the Guide. I have no idea about what time of year the females oviposit, but this one seemed to be trying to get to our firewood which was under a tarp. I only got these three pics and then I helped her get to the wood.

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Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - female Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - female Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - female

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Yes...
You have this right as M. nortoni. Gives me hope that I will see one of these sometime. Typically found around pine where they search for horntail wasp larvae. Nice find.

 
Thank you!
I appreciate the positive ID!

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