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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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  • Bike melt

    Bicycles that were totally covered in snow a week and a half ago, begin to poke out of a snowbank in front of Hopkins House on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston Tuesday morning.

  • Cottage Street bust

    A Lewiston Police Officer draws his weapon as he runs to the door of 134 Cottage Street in Lewiston Thursday night where police were executing a warrant for a subject from New York that was hiding in the apartment. Another male was found hiding in the attic.

  • Valentine king and queen

    First Auburn Senior Citizens President Sue Patneaude, back, tries to fix the crown on Roland Douglass as he and Pat Records are crowned Valentine King and Queen at the Hasty Community Center in Auburn Wednesday afternoon. The twice a month meeting of the group has been picking a king and queen for Valentines as far back as anyone can remember. Dozens of senior citizens take part in a variety of activities and tasty food, along with Bingo, music, entertainment and organized trips.

  • Batmobile at APL

    Sydney Annear, 6, of Auburn, checks out a preserved bat in a shadowbox at the Auburn Public Library Tuesday afternoon during a presentation by Matt Weeks from the Chewonki Foundation of Wiscasset.

  • Facetime on Leah Cross

    Leah Cross is reflected in mirrors at All About You Salon in Auburn where she works.

  • 43rd Annual Lions Tournament

    Fans and players of the Maine Gladiators Mite Yellow team celebrate a goal during the championship game at the Norway Savings Bank Areana in Auburn Wednesday afternoon during the 43rd Annual Lions Tournament.

  • The Lewiston High School bench erupts as time runs out during the Blue Devils win over Edward Little High School in Augusta on Wednesday.

  • Tykeem Gaines is comforted by a fan after losing a chance to play for the gold ball.

  • Gray New Gloucester vs Greely playoff basketball

    Gray-New Gloucester's bench reacts in the final minutes of Thursday afternoon's loss to Greely during their Class B West Regional semifinal playoff game at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

  • EL snow monolith

    After dealing with extreme cold and wind on top of Edward Little High School, crews from Industrial Roofing Companies in Lewiston get a break with some milder conditions to tackle the massive drift on top of the gymnasium entrance.

  • My office window after an overnight storm with driving wind and heavy snow.

  • Puddle Jump at Bates College

    Bates College Outing Club member Keenan Shields, foreground, volunteered to help drag fellow students out of the school's pond during the annual Puddle Jump Friday afternoon. Seniors Chris Eddy, left and Peter Krieg hurl themselves in to the 4 feet deep pond before shuffling over to a bon fire across the wet and slipprey pond. It is part of the week long Winter Carnival at the Lewiston college, in it's 36th year.

  • Juno arrives

    Driving winds blow the snow that Lynnell Whitemon is shoveling back into his face as he clears the sidewalk on Lisbon Street in front of Labor Ready early Tuesday morning as Blizzard Juno arrives in the twin cities.

  • Thanks Guy

    Martha Michel talks with Guy Pilote at the Ramada Inn Saturday night during a 50th birthday party for Pilote, a retired Lewiston police officer who, while working as a police officer, saved the life of her daughter April, background.

  • Bangor at Lewiston boys' basketball game

    Lewiston's Tykeem Gaines drives to the basket past Bangor's Dane Johnson, right and Justin Smith, background, during Friday night's boys' basketball game in Lewiston. The Blue Devils downed the Rams

  • Maine Wildlife Park in Winter

    A deer strips bark from a tree in the vast enclosure at the Maine Wildlife Park.

  • Maine Wildlife Park in Winter

    A young mountain lion is still getting used to his enclosure at the Maine Wildlife Park.

  • Mystery Photo for January 11, 2015: Range Pond State Park.

  • Berry cold birds

    A Canadian Robin plucks a berry from a tree on Oak Street in Lewiston Thursday morning. Hundreds of robins, Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, European Starlings and other birds stripped numerous trees and bushes in the neighborhood of their fruit in an effort to fuel up to combat the cold weather.

  • Berry cold birds

    A Canadian Robin plucks a berry from a tree on Oak Street in Lewiston Thursday morning. Hundreds of robins, Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, European Starlings and other birds stripped numerous trees and bushes in the neighborhood of their fruit in an effort to fuel up to combat the cold weather.

  • Night lights

    Vehicles streak across the Longley Memorial Bridge between Lewiston and Auburn Monday night during this 6 second time exposure at dusk.

  • Liberty Wavers

    Patricio Cadima, left and Lynnell Whitemon dance the day away to not only attract customers to Liberty Tax on Main Street in Lewiston, but it helps keep them warm, especially Thursday afternoon when the temperatures were well below zero with the wind whipping. There are 7 "wavers" that rotate throughout the day on four hour shifts. To watch a video and interview with Whitemon, visit sunjournal.com.

  • Sledding at Chestnut Street Park in Auburn

    Becky Bombaro of Lewiston flies down the hill at Chestnut Street Park in Auburn Sunday afternoon. Not wanting to miss ou on the fun, her dog Bailey chased her and her family each time they went down.

  • Boothbay at Oak Hill girls basketball

    Oak Hill's Brianna Mulherin, right blocks a shot by Boothbay's Morgan Crocker as she tries to make a layup during Monday night's girls' basketball game in Wales.

  • Route 202 double fatal Tuesday morning

    A man and his son from Winthrop were killed in the vehicle they were in, left after colliding with the SUV, right on Route 202 just over the Greene line in Leeds near the intersection of Leeds Junction Road Tuesday morning.

  • Balet practice

    Alexis Beaucaire, 9 of Greene, right and her twin sister Abigail, hold onto a ballet barre at The Dance Center in Auburn Tuesday afternoon during their ballet class. The center has been open since 1992 and offers classes in all forms of dance, including, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop and more. For information on class schedule and enrollment, visit their website at www.thedancecenterla.com.

  • EL swimmer maggie Chirayath

    Edward Little sophomore Maggie Chirayath is a key component in the EL swim program.

  • Santa deer

    A dead deer, complete with decorative antlers, Santa hat and lights wrapped around it hangs in the front yard of Richard Burton's home at 14 Scribner Boulevard in Lewiston.

  • No school sledding

    Ayanthi Reese, center, shouts out in glee as she slides down the hill behind the house of her friend, Cotton Strong. left, with her brother Ishan, right, on Mountain Avenue in Lewiston Tuesday morning. The three, along with Cotton's sister Louisa, were enjoying a day off from school before the bad weather moved in.

  • Young fan

    Caden Champagne, 4 of Auburn, cheers along the plexiglass of the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn Wednesday night during the Edward Little vs Yarmouth hockey game. He was there to watch his uncle, Cade Chapman, a defensemen for the Red Eddies, who is in the background, digging a puck out from the boards.

  • Steam not smoke

    Lewiston firefighters responded to a reported structure fire behind Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon. A caller reported seeing heavy smoke and flames shooting from a building next to the helicopter pad. When firefighters arrived, all they found was a large amount of steam coming from a utility building that was backlit by an orange light that was mistaken as flames by the "good intent" call.

  • Over the top Christmas decorations

    John Lizotte says he didn't have time this year to put out all his decorations, but he still has about 10,000 lights strung up around his house on Baird Avenue in Lewiston.

  • Lake Auburn sunset

    The sun sets on Lake Auburn by the Route 4 turnout Monday afternoon after a glorious day.

  • Eagle Flag

    A bald eagle soars over the Androscoggin River between Lewiston and Auburn as Tuesday afternoon's strong wind unfurls the American Flag in Bonney Park in Auburn.

  • Star seeking in South Paris

    Tom Hoffelder of Norway lines up his telescope to view Neptune at Twitchell Observatory in South Paris Wednesday night. He is a astronomy buff, along with others who routinely come to the observatory to help during open houses. Students from Maine Connections Academy (MCA), the state’s first virtual public charter school, were on field trip at the observatory. The red streaks at the bottom right are from a flashlight during the 30 second time exposure required to capture this photo.

  • Thanksgiving bounty

    Teo Abbruzzese carries water out to the fields to feed the livestock on the family farm in Turner recently.

  • Thanksgiving bounty

    Kate Abbruzzese hauls a load of hay at sundown Tuesday at her farm, Double Z Land and Livestock on Upper Street in Turner.

  • Cold flamingo sunset

    A pair of pink flamingo seem to stand guard over a dump rake on Upper Street in Turner as the sun sets Tuesday night. Brian Allen used to be scared to death riding on it with his grandfather as they worked their farm in Hebron. It sits on the land he and his wife now live on in Turner.

  • Root reading

    While music pulsed in one room as kids played pool, foosball and danced at the Root Cellar on Birch Street in Lewiston Wednesday afternoon, there were other quiet rooms where kids were doing homework, art, cooking and a variety of other projects with numerous staff and volunteers mentored and monitored. Nyshia Dunn, 9, of Lewiston, chose to find a quiet spot to enjoy a book. The Root Cellar is a Christian mission with the goal of uniting the local community cause of satisfying the physical and spiritual needs of innter-city youth and their families. It was started nearly 30 years ago in Portland and expanded to Lewiston in 2009. If you would like to know more, volunteer or share your skills, visit their website at: www.therootcellarlew.org

  • Head on accident in Auburn

    Auburn Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Arsenault steps over debris between two of the four vehicles involved in a serious accident on the Center Street overpass of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Auburn Monday night that send numerous people to the hospital, some with life threatening injuries. According to Erica Rice of Auburn, she was traveling from Lewiston to Auburn when the pickup truck traveling in front of her veered into the opposite lane and hit a small white car traveling toward them, spinning the car around, hitting her as the pickup continued on hitting a jeep head on about 100 feet ahead of them.

  • Veterans Day Salute

    Franco American War Veterans Past Commander Willie Danforth of Auburn, a member of the color guard, looks out at the ceremonies going on during the Second Military and Veterans Tribute at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston Sunday afternoon.

  • Ethel Hallock

    Ethel Hallock waits for her bail hearing in 8th District Court in Lewiston Wednesday afternoon.

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