Flying Scorpion!

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Ok, not really a flying scorpion, but a female Pelecinus polyturator wasp. That's not a stinger at the end of that long thin abdomen. It's an ovipositor used to lay eggs. Fun to watch her clean her antennae, limbs and abdomen through out the video (especially at the end) and how she gently takes flight.

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I was like "Aw heck no!!" when I saw it, but she is harmless! Nature is surprising!

Author — Jesse Andrews

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Just saw one in Denver, Colorado. Looked it up and found this video. Thanks for posting it!

Author — Greg Green

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I was excited to see this in my feed. She looks amazing and I love how she takes flight.

Author — Jinx Jenkins

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Absolutely great video of the American pelecinid wasp! I had one land on my kayak and watched it go through it's "cleaning" routine. I was fascinated watching it!

Author — Mona

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Very cool! I like how precisely she can control her abdominal segments.

Author — bugadrienne

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That's why I thought it was important to get her on video. Just didn't come across in stills.

Author — precarious333

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Had no idea this even existed until one landed on my sister in band practice! She was terrified and what made it worse was that we were in the middle of playing a song haha anyways I looked it up and apparently this is it...

Author — Skye Brown

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I found one in Ottawa, ON in my backyard lol 😅

Author — Raffaello Lorenzo

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I wonder if this is from the Ensign Wasp family.I just found out that the bugs flying around my house, the ones that look like flies but have longer legs in the back, are a type of wasp and are beneficial to getting rid of cockroaches.They don't sting like typical wasps.I am amazed at the creativity of God...the Master Creator.

Author — Daniel Smith

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I have seen these in PA as well. Do they lay eggs in tree bark? Do I remember hearing they were imported from elsewhere to combat the gypsy moth problems of legend?

Author — deaconsmom2000

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Now that's something I wouldn't have expected to see at all and its darn awesome! I would actually want to learn more about it. Background music is clever in relation to it. Are these prevalent around you?

Author — Lhin Doh

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Looks like a scorpion fly, which is a six legged, winged insect.

Author — sounder9393

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I wonder how many viewers take some of your video titles too seriously ^-^

Author — James Brower

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Holly Mother of God!!, where you find those insects?, this is insane.

Author — nature1upclose

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FYI - She pushes the long abdomen deep into the soil or decaying wood, after detecting a beetle larvae there.  The preferred hosts are Scarab Beetles or other Wood-boring insects.  The males are more rarely seen, as you travel north, into Canada.  Thanks for the giant finger!

Author — featheredfan

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I can't get over the fact that she appears to have only 2 wings. Now, I will be counting the wings on all the parasitic wasps I see. ;)

Author — bugadrienne

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On the Flying Scorpion, did you know here in Arizona we have a spider called the Arizona Sun Spider. It is a very aggressive spider and very large, akin to the Camel Spider. Anyway, it has another name and that is the Winged Scorpion. So when I saw your Flying Scorpion it reminded me of our Winged Scorpion which is actually a very large spider.

Author — Thumper AKA Gigi

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can this pat pet friendly insect or wild wild

Author — bestamerica

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My 7year old daughter told me there was a flying scorpion outside. When I saw it was one of these I nearly died!!!!

Author — Lilly Love

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Look at the thorax and abdoment joint, looks painfully thin.

Author — AKfan1227