Weekly Puzzler #151: Really looooonngg “Tail”

Hello and happy weekend!

So yes, we’ve been talking a bit about insects. Let’s do another. I found this one the other day when I was in South Carolina at a lovely park called Jones Gap. Someone looking at this insect might ask about its very looooooonnnnnng tail? Stinger?

What IS that long thing at the end of this insect’s body? Is it a tail? And for that matter, what is this insect? Have you ever seen one?


If you know the answer, or just want to throw out a guess, use the comment box below. We have just a few more puzzlers to go before the next drawing–June 21, for a photo prize. All correct answers will be entered in the drawing.

Enjoy your weekend and I will see you again soon.

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  1. Jock Aplin June 3, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    I had to search for “wasp with long tail”.
    Fascinating. Thanks.

    • Sharon Mammoser June 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

      And what did you find? Do you know the name of this insect?

      • Jock Aplin June 3, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

        Female Ichneuman Wasp?

        • Sharon Mammoser June 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

          Jock, I am impressed that you figured this out! Great job. They are amazing insects!

  2. Hon June 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    It is a Paul Newman wasp and that is its ovipositor

    • Sharon Mammoser June 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

      I admire your creative answers, especially when I know you know the real answer. Yes, that is its ovipositor!