Yellow head w/ yellow antennas. Black body that is long and very thin. Has black wings with a blue iridescence. It’s legs are also orange/yellow color. The stinger is grey and hangs at least a good five inches. It’s aggressive.
I live in NJ and I have never seen anything like that before.
This is a giant ichneumon wasp female.
These are found in eastern North America in forest areas.
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.
Such a cool find! Thanks for sharing it!