Black body, yellow head and feelers, long black stinger, about 3 inches (body only) stinger was about 5 inches, black wings, black legs. It was on my windshield, I have never seen anything like it. I should have tried to catch it for the D.N.R. people at the lake nearby but didn’t think of it at the time. You can tell size compared to the windshield wiper at the bottom of the picture. This was taken In Indiana.
We are getting several of these insects in the Id pile right now….wish I would see one!
This is the giant ichneumon wasp female. The long tail is the ovipositor – used to lay eggs inside of a tree. The eggs are laid near a host larva of the horntail wasp that bores into wood.
The males do not have the long narrow tail.