I googled long tail flying bug and came across your website. (totally awesome by the way!) My husband spotted this bug on our driveway the other day and couldn’t believe his eyes. After looking at it I was totally surprised, I had never seen a bug so big! At first we thought the tail was a stinger. OUCH!! After seeing the photos on your website we agreed it must have been a female giant ichneumon wasp. Are these insects found all over the U.S.??
Thanks for the compliment. Giant Ichneumons in the genus Megarhyssa are found in the North, South, East and West, but different species are found in different locales.