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Species Megarhyssa nortoni

Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni Beach Wasp - Megarhyssa nortoni - female stingless wasp - Megarhyssa nortoni - male Wasp - Megarhyssa nortoni - female giant ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - female giant ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - female Unknown Dragonfly - Megarhyssa nortoni Giant Ichneumon - Megarhyssa nortoni - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumonid Wasps)
Subfamily Rhyssinae
Genus Megarhyssa (Giant Ichneumonid Wasps)
Species nortoni (Megarhyssa nortoni)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thalessa quebecensis Provancher 1873
Explanation of Names
Megarhyssa nortoni (Cresson 1864)
named after Edward Norton, a distinguished American hymenopterist
Size
Body 25-38 mm, ovipositor 50-76 mm(1)
Range
Newfoundland south to northern Georgia, west to Alaska & California (also introduced in Australia and New Zealand)(2)
Food
Larvae parasitize horntail larvae; recorded hosts: Uroceris albicornis, Xeris morrisoni, Sirex
Life Cycle
Adult females locate horntail larvae within tree trunks and drill into the wood to lay eggs on the host
Works Cited
1.Insects of Western North America
Edward Oliver Essig. 1926. 1926. The MacMillan Company.
2.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.