Short-Tailed Ichneumon Wasps are smaller versions of their elongated cousins in every way.
Most species of Short-Tailed Ichneumon Wasps are brown or reddish-brown. Their abdomens are not as extended as other Ichneumon Wasps, but females still have ovipositors, though they are also greatly reduced in size. Long wispy antennae and legs are a paler brown color. Like moths, they are attracted to lights and are common visitors by homes and businesses near fields or forests.
Almost all the larvae for Short-Tailed Ichneumon Wasps are parasites to caterpillars. Females likely attach a fertilized egg to a caterpillar with the aid of the ovipositor. A larva enters the caterpillar's body after hatching, and consumes it from the inside. The caterpillar dies in the process, but the wasp larva remains in the corpse to pupate. It emerges from the host as a winged adult.
Scientific Name: Ophion spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 19mm (0.39in to 0.74in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.