Ichneumon wasp

6891.     Do you know what this is? Is it a stinging insect? We have many on our front lawn. Victoria, BC. Canada

Number 6891. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). These all are parasitic on other insects and spiders and are harmless to humans. Their ‘stinger’ lacks venom and is used as an egg-laying tool. Click here for an image