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Wasp or hornet? (or Queen ant disguised?)
September 15, 2009
Hi Bugman,
My mom and I came across this ENORMOUS and spectacular insect at the playground the other day (end of summer) Are we looking at a queen in training or a dying
cicada or sorts or WHAT????
Thanks. Leela (10 yrs old)
Montreal. Canada

Pigeon Horntail

Pigeon Horntail

Hi Leela,
This is a type of Wood Wasp known as a Pigeon Horntail.  It is a female that lays her eggs under the bark of trees.  The larvae are wood boring grubs.  The larvae are the main food source of another spectacular insect, the Giant Ichneumon.  Pigeon Horntails do not sting.

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