Year 2 – June 11, 2013 Poised
I am not sure if I got the name of this bug correct – from what I can Bing – this is most likely an Ichneumon Fly a.k.a. Sabre Wasp. Ichneumons have a wasp waist, and often, long, flexible antennae. The apparently fearsome-looking sting at the end of the female wasp’s abdomen in the picture above, is actually an ovipositor, rather than a sting. These insects are harmless to humans. The adults feed on nectar from flowers and aphid honeydew. I couldn’t find a reliable Wikipedia entry on this one. So a source from http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk would do.
I am pleased that it doesn’t look this bug is harmful to me – because I got really close with my macro lens. I practically landed in front my view finder as I was looking for a jumping spider that I know frequented the Tiger Lily patch by the house. I will save the jumping spider next time if it decides to grace my camera with it’s presence.