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Pelecinid wasp

Pelecinus polyturator

Aster leafhopper

Chris Schultz,

Aster leafhopper

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Size: 2 inches long

Description: Very slender, shiny black wasp with a distinctive long, curved abdomen.

Where/When: Found generally in urban and rural areas from July to September.

Significance: Does not have a stinger and is not aggressive towards people.

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