What is this thing?!
Dear Bugman,
During the summer of 2004, my wife and I took a snapshot of this strange bug crawling around in one of our planter boxes on the patio. It was about 3 to 3-1/2 inches long with a stinger-like tail. I have lived in Michigan practically all my life and never saw anything like it. However, just last August while attending an outdoor party, I came across another. My friend practically jumped 3 feet in the air as it flew around him! He thinks it was some kind of wasp. Is he correct? Thanks in advance for any info may have.
Jerry

Hi Jerry,
The Pigeon Horntail, Tremex columba, is a wasp relative that does not sting. That ovipositor is used to deposit eggs in trunks of trees where the grubs tunnel and feed.

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