Learning to identify different wasp species can be challenging, but it’s not brain surgery.
Well…actually, in this case it just might be.
We’re talking about giant ichneumon wasps – a genus of only four species in North America. Females range from 3-4 inches in length, including what appears to be a long, massive stinger. While intimidating looking, they’re harmless. This stinger is actually an ovipositor, used for laying eggs.