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Wasp, Hornets & Sawflies

The following is a gallery of wasp, hornet and sawfly photos taken over the past few years. If you're interested in seeing my most recent photos, writing or other work, please visit my nature blog, Burning Silo.

PLEASE NOTE!! I DO NOT GIVE ADVICE ON KILLING INSECTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get a lot of questions from people asking if I can identify various hornets and bees. It's pretty much impossible for me to identify insects without good photos, and it takes time to do an ID. Also, the species in one area of the country are different than those in another. I live in Canada, so I don't really know what insects someone in Texas or South Carolina, or California might see. Anyhow, if you are trying to identify an insect, you can look through my galleries, or read through the many descriptions of insects in questions below to see what I've written in reply. These days, I'm pretty busy, so I just don't have time to reply individually to your questions. One last tip -- I get A LOT of questions about a kind of large wasp called a Cicada Killer that makes holes in the ground. If you've seen something like that, try doing a Google image search of Cicada Killer and that might be what you've seen.



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Sphecidae wasp -- Ammophila spp?
Sphecidae wasp -- Ammophila spp?
Ichneumon wasp, possibly Ophion sp.
Ichneumon wasp, possibly Ophion sp.
Megarhyssa atrata - Giant Ichneumon
Megarhyssa atrata - Giant Ichneumon
Pelecinid sp. wasp
Pelecinid sp. wasp
Arge pectoralis (?) - Birch Sawfly (?)
Arge pectoralis (?) - Birch Sawfly (?)
Arge pectoralis (?) - Birch Sawfly (?)
Arge pectoralis (?) - Birch Sawfly (?)
Arge ochropa larvae
Arge ochropa larvae
Tenthredo species of Sawfly
Tenthredo species of Sawfly
Yellowjacket -- and pair of Phymata sp. (upper right)
Yellowjacket -- and pair of Phymata sp. (upper right)
sawfly larvae on Red Oak leaf
sawfly larvae on Red Oak leaf
Megarhyssa macrurus - Giant-ichneumon - view 1
Megarhyssa macrurus - Giant-ichneumon - view 1
Megarhyssa macrurus - Giant-ichneumon - view 2
Megarhyssa macrurus - Giant-ichneumon - view 2
Arge ochropa -- sawfly ovipositing into cuts made in rose stem
Arge ochropa -- sawfly ovipositing into cuts made in rose stem
Arge ochropa - Arge ochropus - Rose Sawfly ovipositing - view 2
Arge ochropa - Arge ochropus - Rose Sawfly ovipositing - view 2
Cimbex sp. sawfly
Cimbex sp. sawfly
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