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Nebraska wasp

Nebraska wasp
15 m. NW of Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska, USA
April 5, 2006
Size: 5/8"
This insect (wasp?) was crawling on the inside of our kitchen window one morning this week (4/5/06) in Dodge County in eastern Nebraska. I did not measure it, but I think the body was about 5/8" long. The photo shows a light triangular spot on the dorsal surface of the thorax. The central 1/3 of the front legs also appeared light. Can anyone help with an ID?

Moved from Ichneumon Wasps.


Moved from All black.

Ichneumon wasp.
This is an ichneumon wasp. Ichneumons are parasitic on other insects (spiders in a handful of cases), especially caterpillars. This specimen appears to be in the subfamily Ichneumoninae, which seams reasonable since the females hibernate as adults, accounting for its early appearance there.

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