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Jsales25
Sep 20, 2017 8:45 PM CST
Can anyone tell me what this is? I'm in NJ, second one of these weird looking things I've seen. It is very small, but weird driver looking thing on the end.....

Nervous because new baby in house.
Hope you can put mind at ease and thank you for your help!

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JuneOntario
Oct 1, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Hi @Jsales25

I believe it is an ichneumon wasp. The "stinger" at the end is actually an ovipositor that the female wasp uses to lay eggs. Ichneumon wasps are often used for pest control in greenhouses, because they parasitize the larvae of insects that feed on plants. Not only is your baby safe with these in the house, but your house plants have protection!

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