Ichneumon Wasp Cocoon
Subfamily Campopleginae
Possible genus Hyposoter

Campopleginae cocoon
My friend, Ruth Sulik, found this cocoon on some flower stems in the North Arm Area of Pineview Reservoir
when we were hiking through the woods.  We initially though it must be a moth cocoon.  Below is a side view. 
© Carol Davis, 6-16-2012

It turns out that his is actually a cocoon of an Ichneumon Wasp that has parasitized it's host. Bugguide has a
 rather complicated explanation for these on this page.  You will also be able to see some of the
wasps on Bugguide by clicking on "Images". 
What an incredible wasp.  © Carol Davis, 6-16-2012

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