I haven’t posted an insect closeup in quite a while. Not that the spring flowers are mostly past, trees have leafed out, and the grasses are high, it’s insect season. This is a male ichneumon wasp:
The male is a pretty interesting insect, but the females are really unusual. Some female ichneumons have huge tails – ovipositors, not stingers – that they use to lay eggs. I was lucky to find a female on a tree a few years back. It’s one of the images on this blog that get the most page views. I wish people would go to the flower gallery I posted last week instead!