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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Hymenoptera > Ichneumonoidae 

Ichneumonoidea - Braconids and Ichneumons

This is the largest superfamily within Hymenoptera, named for the largest family, Ichneumonidae. Members range vastly in size from minute to over 2 inches, and are all parasites of other insects. The larger of these wasps have very impressive ovipositors, though they rarely will sting humans. The ovipositor is used instead to insert eggs into the bodies of their hosts, which may be paralyzed in the process. These parasitic larvae are very important in controlling the abundances of pest insects.

The Coal Oil Point collection has over 50 species of Ichneumons and Braconids.


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