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Megarhyssa nortoni - huge scary looking wasp - Megarhyssa nortoni - female

Megarhyssa nortoni - huge scary looking wasp - Megarhyssa nortoni - Female
Bothell, Snohomish County, Washington, USA
June 11, 2013
Size: around 6 inches
I think this one was newly born as it seemed to be just waking up when I 1st found it - I took a number of pictures before it started moving. Also its legs seemed to pump up more as I watched it. And it started at some point while I was taking pictures to poke me with its ovipositor. Also to add - I saw another one of these flying in my back yard a few days ago - they are really impressive when they are flying around, since they are so large. I didn't get any pics of that one though. It was a little darker - but also clearly a female.

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