American Pelecinid Wasp (Pelecinidae: Pelecinus polyurator) on Leaf

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Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (27 August 2009). "Every object of the natural world bears within itself a mostly hidden relationship to every other object. In attending prayerfully to these webs of relationship we integrate ourselves more fully into the fabric of the universe." --Chet Raymo

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@beggenbe I'm pleased to learn that you found one of these wasps. Like so many insects, they are often over-looked by most people (despite their large size). This is the perfect time--mid-August--to find the adult females in our area. They're slow fliers, and so very easy to follow. I'd love to find a male. After two summers of intensive looking, I've yet to find one. ;-)

Author — Carl Barrentine

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Thanks for posting this. Just found one of these in my yard today and was totally mystified. Now I'm learning everything I can. Very cool wasp!

Author — Ben Eggenberger

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@beggenbe Interesting! I'd not heard that this species may be a parthenogenetic one. If you've not already found Bug Guide, you have find this internet resource useful: bugguide.net/node/view/6945

Author — Carl Barrentine

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@Lucretius41 It's my understanding that males are so rare north of the US southern border that the females have had to evolve an asexual reproduction technique (parthenogenesis ). So good luck finding a male! And I would have followed her around had I known more about her -- she looked so scary I wasn't going near her!

Author — Ben Eggenberger

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I live in north Texas and have seen 2 male ones in my office and smushed them both didn't realize how rare they are. Wait their is a third now in my office its a male with a regular looking wasp abdomen

Author — TheMoviemaniac1982