Check out THIS bad girl,
hanging out on the leaves of Little Sister's beans!
A very nice person at BugGuide.net identified it for me as a
Common during the late summer in New England, males are rare
as the female doesn't require their services to reproduce.
I think they would be a welcomed visitor because
they are parasitoids that lay their eggs
directly into the grubs of the June beetle
(genus Phyllophaga) which is buried in the soil
and ruining your lawn.
Growing up to 3" long,
it certainly has a formidable appearance,
especially when you are engrossed in
making your way through the leaves
to the beans!
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