What is This Amazing Insect (if it is an insect)?
I have never seen anything like this before, ever. It’s like a cross between a wasp and a preying mantis. I found her today on a choke cherry tree growing alone in the sagebrush at the 700 metre level of the Bella Vista Hills above Okanagan Landing in the North Okanagan Valley. Here she is with her front legs folded.
And here she is with the front legs spread wide open. Well, the word ‘legs’ hardly does this armament justice.
Note the claws and the teeth. Especially the teeth.
That is an incredible animal. Length: about an inch or a little more, like any normal yellow jacket wasp. If you know what this is, or how I might find out, please let me know.