Hopefully someone knows what exacty this is. Caught in at work a few days ago, the size of it took me back - especially what appears to be a stinger a the tip of the abdomen - it's long and pointy. But I have no clue. Any ideas?
looks like an ichneumon wasp to me. No idea of ID though, sorry.
The "stinger" is the ovopositer or egg laying tube found in the female. Some ovopositers are longer than the female's body. Most lay their eggs on the bodies of caterpillars or the grubs of wood boring insects such as beetles. This one could be a horntail or wood wasp? It can't sting and is completely harmless to humans.