Subject: orange dog wasp
Location: courtice arena, ontario canada
September 1, 2015 5:49 pm
sorry lost my last submission trying again. Found this orange looking wasp that has a puppy face. search but could not find any identification on this guy. Was really lucky he sat still and posed for me. sept 1/2015 around 6;30 pm in an open field .
Signature: Terri Martin
Though we have no shortage of images of Pigeon Horntails on our site, male specimens like your individual are at a premium. Almost all the images of Pigeon Horntails on our site are females, and we even have a good number of ovipositing Pigeon Horntails. These Wood Wasps are known scientifically as Tremex columba, the sole food eaten by larval Stump Stabbers, Megarhyssa atrata. The female Stump Stabber has a much longer ovipositor than the female Pigeon Horntail because unlike her prey, she must lay her egg with incredible precision so the hatchling can locate its host. Here is a BugGuide image of a male Pigeon Horntail. By the way, your images are gorgeous.