Picture Winged Fly

Subject: Odd fly/wasp
Location: Charles Town, WV
August 11, 2016 9:06 am
Found in garden near Charles Town WV. What is it?
My neighbor found it, she is a Bee Keeper hoping this isn’t some weird bee thing!
Signature: Becky

Picture Winged Fly
Picture Winged Fly

Dear Becky,
This is a female Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta, and what appears to be a stinger is actually her ovipositor, as is evident in these BugGuide images.  According to BugGuide:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost” and if your neighbor has bees and is an avid gardener, we suspect there is a nearby compost pile that Picture Winged Flies might find attractive.

Wow! Thank you very much! Yes, she does have garden compost. She will definitely appreciate this info.

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