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Incheumon wasps are prevalent. I saw a small female in late summer; she had a long ovipositor but no stinger so nothing to fear. With the long ovipositor she lays eggs in host caterpillars of moths (each antennae had a white band -- the wasp I saw on the window). The white band helped me i.d.to family: there's no stinger so nothing to fear -- unless you're a moth caterpillar the wasp considers o.k. for parasitism.

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maplekey4
Sep 08, 2022

Thanks for posting 😃

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Crone
Sep 14, 2022
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Yes - I mistyped moths for wasps... here's the quote! “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars…”

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