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Photo#359657
long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - female

long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - Female
Tallahassee, FL USA, Tallahassee County, Florida, USA
December 8, 2009
Size: ~2 inches, ~5 incl. tail

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long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - female long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - female long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - female long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - female long stinger? wasp - Megarhyssa - female

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greenei vs. macrurus
Florida specimens of Megarhyssa greenei have the wings mostly dark, but typical Florida females of macrurus also have the wings darker than specimens from more northerly locations. The only other character visible here that would help is the ratio of length of the ovipositor in comparison to the length of the head and body: 1.4 in greenei, 1.9 in macrurus. Looks like 1.4 in some views but 1.9 in others.

 
Interesting! It will be great to see how many
images of greenei you can find misplaced among the macrurus!

 
Some
I have now increased the number of greenei images, but some came from just Megarhyssa rather than from macrurus. However, none were the dark-winged sort.

 
We linked some of the images to the INFO page
for Megarhyssa. We may do some more as you continue to look through all the images, moving them from the genus page or changing the species page they are on. Feel free to Frass any images that you don't think add to the guide in any way, or drop us an email and we'll do it. When you finish, it would be great if you went to the info page, clicked on edit, and added some text on how to identify the images to species, right there in among the images we selected. People will be most interested in what you see as you make these identifications. Thanks for all this great work.

Megarhyssa macrurus
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Not a stinger but an ovipositor, allowing her to lay her eggs deep within the wood.

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