insect, not a bird

To: "John Leonard" <>
Subject: insect, not a bird
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:08:36 +1100
My brain has just kicked in (or partly done so).  CSIRO Entomology has an arrangement with the ACT Government that they will provide at no cost to n individual, an identification service for insects seen around the ACT.  I can't remember the exact email address but I have found them very helpful a couple of times, and suggest a trawl of the CSIRO site my give it to you.

On 3/19/07, John Leonard <> wrote:
Sorry this isn't about birds. But, what is this striking looking
insect, seen on our back deck yesterday? It's about 1 cm long, and was
engaged in boring into the timber with its impressive ovipositor when
disturbed by photography.

What family is it, even?

John Leonard

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