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Ichneumon wasp

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Ichneumon wasp

 
An ichnuemon wasp, Enicospilus sp.,(Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Ophioninae), parasitic on Lepidoptera larvae. Photo by Bart Drees.

An ichnuemon wasp, Enicospilus sp.,(Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Ophioninae), parasitic on Lepidoptera larvae. Photo by Bart Drees.

The family, Ichneumonidae, contains many species considered to be beneficial insects because their larvae develop on other insect pests; although generally considered to be harmless some species are capable of stinging when improperly handled.

For more information, see A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects online or purchase the book through Amazon or other fine booksellers.

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