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An Ichneumon wasp lays it's eggs in a tree in Lewiston.  The long tail of this largest of the Ichneumons is an ovipositor for laying eggs.  It is used to penetrate through wood and lay an egg in the developing larva of a horntail, a primitive wasp whose larva feeds in tunnels inside the wood.  The Ichneumon can sense the vibrations of the feeding horntail larvae with its antennae to find its prey.  The egg develops in the larva, not killing it until it is full grown.  The wasp pupates in the horntail tunnel, and, when an adult, chews its way out through the bark.

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  • An aerial view shows the Riverwalk winding along the Androscoggin River between Lewiston and Auburn. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Corey Morris, of Leeds, right, launches off a jump as another motocross rider, background, flies over another as they get some practice laps in at Hemond's MX & Offroad Park in Minot Thursday afternoon. The track opens this weekend with their Spring Break event, a tuneup where they expect several hundred racers to come out to camp, BBQ and listen to a live band and gear up for next weekend's opening race. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Caleb Sargent, 4, of Windham, practices at Hemond's MX & Offroad Park in Minot Thursday afternoon on his motorized balance bike as he prepares to compete in Sunday's race on the newly built track for beginner riders, balance bikes, bicycles, and pit bikes. The facility is open for this weekend's Spring Break event that is expected to draw several hundred riders of various types of motorcycles, ATV's, Jeeps and other motorized vehicles to ride on two championship courses and several other smaller ones as well as 10 miles of trails. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Stephanie Leblanc, of Madison is surrounded by steam coming off her body and from her breath at the finish of the Riverlands 100 & Relay at Riverlands State Park in Turner Sunday morning. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Samantha Burke, right, adjusts the tassel of Olivia Dooley, center as Samantha Martin, left, looks on as they line up in one of the halls at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston prior to graduating Thursday night. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Judi Look, right, leads the first ever Greenhouse Yoga class at Whiting Farm in Auburn Sunday morning "to recognize Earth Day and celebrate spring with these beautiful blossoms."said Look. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • The youngest member of the Maine Folque Co-op, Elliott Gilg, 5, right, joins other members of the group on the stage at Turner Primary School Thursday afternoon during a music and dance program that some of the schools students took part in. Some of the others in the group are from left to right in the background are, Owen Kennedy (fiddler & bodhran player, age 12), Alden Gilg (fiddler, 10), Una Shostak (fiddler, age 8) & Anthony Shostak from the Turner Library, who helped fund and coordinated the event. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Emergency personel work to extricate the male driver trapped in his vehicle on the South Bridge in Lewiston Monday morning. According to witnesses, tire tracks and debris, the vehicle was traveling from Lewiston into Auburn and went up on the sidewalk and hit the bridge, flipping the car over. No other vehicles were involved and only one occupant was in the vehicle who was conscious but not alert when taken to a local hospital. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Auburn Fire Battalion Chief Dean Milligan finds a home for a flag taken down from the charred front porch of a home on 32 Snell Hill Road that was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lexus Keene, 10 pulls her friend, Brianna Pelletier, 10, up and down First Street in front of her house in Lewiston Friday afternoon with her 7 week old Boston Terrier Bosco as the skies finally clear on the last day of their school vacation. (Russ Dillingjham/Sun Journal

  • An excavator sifts through rubble of a 2 family home at 220 Gamage Avenue in Auburn Wednesday to help inspectors determine the origion of early morning fire that destroyed a two family apartment. Several residents were examined at the scene for smoke inhilation but did not require hospitilization. Several pets were rescued. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Melanie Therrien paints the fire hydrant across from the Public Theatre in Lewiston at the corner of Maple and Lisbon Streets Friday morning. She is with a group of local artists spreading their talents across the city with murals, sidewalk art and creative cross walk themes with many more projects in the works (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Devin Urquart, of Lewiston, whose alias is "Blunt Man" dances in front of Legal Peaces, a headshop on Lisbon Street in Lewiston Friday morning. "It's 4/20, my favorite holiday and I'm just rocking out here to get some attention for the business." Urquart said. 4:20, or 4/20 is a code-term in cannabis culture that refers to the consumption of cannabis, especially smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 p.m. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • After an unspecified amount of time, Myles Dubois, 8 gets to jump back into a giant puddle in Sunny Side Park in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon while playing a game of "Puddles is Lava" with his sister Alexis, 11, background, across the street from their home on Winter Street during another day of soakig rain. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • A Lewiston firefighter peers into the sunroof of an SUV at the corner of Ash and Jefferson Streets in Lewiston Tuesday night as Jonathan Moore, of Oxford the driver of the other SUV involved in the accident, background, is loaded into an ambulance before being taken to St. Mary's Hospital. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • A Lewiston firefighter leans into a vehicle involved in an accident at the corner of Westminster Street and Lexington Street in Lewiston Thursday afternoon. The driver of the sedan, left was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. The driver of the pickup walked away but multiple occupants of the sedan were taken to the hospital. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lewiston firefighter Lt. Dave Beaule opens the door for the driver of a pickup that hit a utility pole on Farwell Street in Lewiston Monday afternoon. The uninjured man wisely stayed in his vehicle with his dog until CMP arrived and cut the power. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Kawai Marin, a senior at Bates College in Lewiston, takes his mind off finals Wednesday morning by slacklining next to the school's pond where the ice recently sank and the ducks begin to return. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Kora Shrine Circus elephant trainer Terry Frisco gives some love to Isla, left and Kelly, a pair of Asian elephants in the parking lot of the Colisee in Lewiston Friday afternoon where they will be performing throughout the weekend and a special morning show on Monday. For more information visit korashriners.org/circus. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Donald Harrington, left, a flagger from Complete Labor & Staffing, looks for cars to stop on Summer Street in Lewiston as Troy Ouellette, from Morin Excavation applies mortar to a man hole Tuesday afternoon. In the past year Ouellette has built up over 500 in local streets scheduled to be paved, or in this case, have it's final coat of pavement applied after paving stopped for the winter. State and municipal paving projects will ramp up again as plants that make the tar come back online throughout the Northeast. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Dakota Williams, of Auburn, goes for a walk/skate around the block with his dog Milo as he pulls him down Drummond Street in Auburn Sunday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Joe Derocher, from Lewiston Maine, a combat engineer who served in Vietnam, holds his service dog Cooper at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston Thursday morning, March 29, 2018 as he points to his father's name engraved on one of the memorial stones at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston following a brief ceremony honoring Veitnam Veterans. Derocher was telling Laurence Parks, right, of Sabattus, also a Vietnam veteran who served aboard an aircraft carrier about his father who landed on Omaha beach on D-day in WWII and was severly wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Dave Flynn, of Lyman, bottom right, and several of his friends stretch out the ice fishing season on Range Pond in Poland Tuesday afternoon. "It's better than sitting on the couch and is a whole lot of fun, especially when they are biting." said Flynn. With about 18 inches of ice left, Range Pond is one of the few safe places left in the area to fish. To watch an aerial video of the area, visit sunjournal.com. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Auburn Police Officer James Davison carries a young child to a waiting rescue unit to be taken to a local hospital to be evaluated after they fell from out of a second story window at 487 Court Street in Auburn Friday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lewiston Pulbic Works employees Dana Drew, right and Steve Damien wrestle with a wing cable as they pull it out to attach to one of the cities snowplows Tuesday afternoon in the public works garage on Adams Avenue. They were making the preparing for a storm moving in Wednesday afternoon that is predicted to dump over a foot of snow in the area. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Paul Gemme, who has been hand sewing since he was 17 years old, hand sews a pair of womens Lodge Moccacins at Quoddy Inc. in the Pepperell Mill on Lisbon Street in Lewiston.(Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • The hands and thread of Bruce Boudreault, a 36 year veteran of hand sewing, are a blur as he crafts a pair of womens' driving moccasins at Quoddy Inc. in the Pepperell Mill on Lisbon Street in Lewiston.(Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Crews use a lift to work on the side of the Professional Building on Lisbon Street in Lewiston Thursday morning. The work being done is part of the Hartley Block project at 155 Lisbon St., a mixed-use development that will feature 63 mixed-income housing units and 4,000 square feet of commercial space. To watch an aerial video of the downtown area with a fresh blanket of snow, visit sunjournal.com (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Jaynne Beaule-Hinkley removes pollen from Easter Lilies being prepared to be picked up or delivered at Blais Flower Shop in Lewiston Friday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • With reports of 16 inches of wet snow from another Nor'easter overnight, Brian Morency, left, dropped his shovel to hammer loose the packed snow in the driveway of his apartment on Winter Street in Lewiston Wednesday morning. His landlord Brett Williams, center, and his son Jeremiah, were shoveling. "Thought we were over this." said Brett as he scooped another shovel full of the heavy snow. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Bill O'Neill, of Rumford, eyes an AR-15 he was considering purchasing at G3 Firearms in Turner Thursday afternoon. "I used to have a bunch of them, but sold those for long range ones that I use for target shooting but am thinking about buying an AR." said O'Neill. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Instead of just shoveling the snow over the fence in front of their apartment on Maple Street in Lewiston, Manis Herrmann, 10, and her father Michael chose to be creative and make a family of snowmen on Wednesday morning. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Students from Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn are joined by teachers, friends and community members in the school's gym to dance to the music of Rabbi Sruli Dresdner, background, during Friday night's annual Multi-Cultural night that featured ethnic food, music, arts, crafts and a miriad of other customs and traditions from countries around the world that represent students heritage. To watch a video of the dancing, visit sunjournal.com (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Norway Detective Gary Hill, center is about to get hit by a snowball as Sierra Powell, blue backpack and pink boots, blocks a giant snowball that he tossed at her while walking home from school on Whitman Street in Norway Thursday afternoon. Chief Robert Federico, left and the fire chief usually join the group of students from Guy E. Rowe Elementary School every day as they walk to and from school. "It's fun and it teaches us to be safe and responsible." said Powell. center, blocks a snowball that (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Hamilton's Darby Philbrick, left and Bates' Allison Dewey battle for a loose ball during Satruday afternoon's womens lacrosse game at Garccelon Field on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Roger Williams' Lauren Flahive, left and Bates' Avery Prince vye for a loose ball during Thursday's game in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Edward Little's Wol Maiwen goes up for a dunk during a game earlier this year in Auburn against Lewiston High School. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Edward Little High School basketball players are a blur as they run through a drill during Wednesday's practice at the school's gym under the watchful eye of their head coach, Mike Adams, middle, as they prepare for Friday night's state championship game in Portland against Scarborough. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Gray New-Gloucester's returning starters Alexa Thayer, left and Alie Martell are framed by Thayer's mit at the high school before Monday's first practice of the season. They both will play a pivotal role in the success of this year's softball team. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lewiston's Ryan Bossie, left and Jayden Wilson throw off their helmets as they rush to celebrate with goalie Conrad Albert as time runs out to end the game. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

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  • Hundreds of crows fill the sky above Lewiston as the super blue blood moon sets Wednesday morning as seen from Pagoma Lane in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Parker Krook, 4, of Winthorp, left, watches his father Ryan pull a pike from Sabattus Lake in Sabattus Saturday afternoon during the 2nd annual Oak Hill Boosters Pike Derby. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Owen Cruz, 11, of Auburn, catches a frozen fish that his brother Cody threw on Sabattus Lake Saturday afternoon while they wait for flags to go up during the 2nd annual Oak Hill Boosters Pike Derby. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Christina Tancrede, 11, of Lewiston, Maine, works on a painting during her after school art class at Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery on Canal Street in Lewiston Wednesday, December 31, 2018. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Calvary United Methodist Church of Auburn, Maine pastor Annie Baker-Streevy, center, administers ashes to the forehead of Lewiston resident Stardust Chase in Kennedy Park in Lewiston, Maine Wednesday afternoon, February 13, 2018. At right is inner faith chaplain Pat Hunter-Gardiner. Their objective was to bring their message to people who may have been too busy to go to church on Ash Wednesday and at the same time give out Valentines Day cards. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Farwell Elementary School second grader Myles Arneault, points to his experiement partner, Parker Crafts, right, and says "You are going to wipe the toilet seat, not me." as Parker reads the instructions the two were tasked with during Wednesday's project at the Lewiston school. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

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