I'm starting the process of going through the photos from 2014, the ones that I didn't have time to edit or identify during gardening season. There are SOOO many to go through! And most of them are of insects.
Anyway, luckily I don't have many insect photos from January, February, or March. So I'm already on April.
I have to laugh. You'll probably recognize the first insect I needed to identify, since it commonly comes to porch lights in spring time. I took this photo on April 21st. The greenery is Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana).
Anyway, this beastie is a short-tailed ichneumon wasp, Ophion sp. Their larvae are caterpillar parasites - one larva per caterpillar. The caterpillar does not survive the encounter.
So, in the future, if you see one or more at your porch lights, you should rejoice. This is natural pest control at its finest!