Monday, July 28, 2014

giant wood wasp



Every now and again one comes across something genuinely strange. This is a giant wood wasp (urocerus gigas), about 4 cms long. The brown rod beneath her sting is the sheath of her ovipositor, and gives it the common name of horntail. She lays her eggs in sick or recently felled pine. The black rod is the actual ovipositor and she is pushing it into the pine wood. Her abdominal muscles ripple with the effort required. The larvae take up to three years to mature

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's. Wonderful study of a mom hard at work! Tara

DNP said...

Fascinating photographs.

Jesse Mecham said...

Are giant wood wasps poisonous

Spot said...

No, not at all but they are very big.