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Pelecinus polyturator A female Pelecinus polyturator, an ichneumonid wasp, probing the soil with her ovipositor in search of white grubs onto which she will lay an egg. Geotagged,Minnesota,Pelecinid Wasp,Pelecinus polyturator,Summer,United States,Wasp,black wasp,ichneumonid wasp,reproducing Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Pelecinus polyturator

A female Pelecinus polyturator, an ichneumonid wasp, probing the soil with her ovipositor in search of white grubs onto which she will lay an egg.

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  1. It's neat that you got her in the act of ovipositing! Posted 8 months ago

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'Pelecinus polyturator' is a large glossy black wasp, the most common and familiar species in the family Pelecinidae. The adults drink nectar. They live in crop fields, woods, and suburban gardens throughout North, Central, and South America. Their antennae are long and the females have an elongated, cylindrical, articulated metasoma. They are parasitoids that lay their eggs directly into grubs of the June beetle buried in the soil. The adults can be found in the late summer.

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Uploaded Mar 15, 2019. Captured Aug 13, 2015 20:07 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
  • f/4.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm