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Brad Maglinger wrote at 2007-08-04 04:18:14
Eric,



I believe I'm having the same problem in Missouri. This insect looks like a giant wasp, all black with small curved yellow stripes on the side of the body. The one I have captured on my property is almost three inches in length, and matches your description.



The insects are popping up around St. Louis area. Not a great source, but the local Ace Hardware Store also had killed one and had it in a jar. The woman who caught told me she had 10-12 of them coming out of a large hole in her back yard. Another Ace employee told me that he believed they did not have a "real" stinger. However, the one I have is aggressive and appears to be trying to sting the glass.


wellington-the-third wrote at 2011-09-28 10:05:54
I saw the same thing yesterday, although I have just noticed the date of this post haha. Anyway after some research it is an Ichneumon wasp. there are lots of species. the one I saw was almost dragonfly like but I would have described it more wasp/beetle. uurg looked dangerous but they don't sting  


jolts wrote at 2013-09-19 03:01:41
I found a tarantula hawk in my back yard that sounds just like the description given.They are painful stingers but usually go after spiders.


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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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