13955Re: mini trip report on Ga AT
- Jun 2, 2006Many thanks! This is the closest to what I think I saw:
http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/25833724 . Wish I had of taken
some photos, would especially like to see one with the green fan like
--- In email@example.com, "ksbioteacher"
> Do a google image search for "ichneumon wasp". I think you'll find
> one of the images close to the wasps that you observed. The "whip"
> their ovipositor and the actually can drill through more than aninch
> of hardwood to lay eggs in beetle larvae. They are cool. Theentire
> family parasitizes other insects which is why they really weren'twrote:
> interested in you.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@>
> > One thing I forgot to mention was a group of insects we saw on a
> > tree at Blue Mountain Shelter. I couldn't believe what we weremarkings,
> > seeing. They were black wasp like insects with some yellow
> > stinger, extended bodies that were maybe 2 or 3 inches long andthey
> > would slowly extend a green fan like thing from there rear andthen
> > slowly retract it. They also had a long black whip that extendedoff
> > their rear that was 4 to 6 inches long that they may have beenusing to
> > pierce the tree, I couldn't tell for sure. When they were on thetree
> > they sometimes curled it around near their heads but when theyflew it
> > dropped down straight and sort of dragged behind them. I didn'thave
> > my camera and didn't get a picture but it didn't look likesomething
> > that quite belonged here. At one time there where about 9 of ushis
> > gathered around them and one guy stayed pretty close to them with
> > camera for a while, they never payed us any attention.
> > Dave
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