Worlds largest yellow jackets?
April 15, 2010
These insects are swarming my woodpile. You really cannot see their wings but they can fly. Some are nearly an inch long and others are small like a honey bee. They also seem to be mating. Note the long antennas.
your call
northern indiana

Hickory Borers Mating

Dear your call,
These are not Yellow Jackets, but rather, Yellow Jacket mimics.  They are beetles known as Hickory Borers.  The immature grubs live in wood, and these adults have emerged from the wood pile and now they are mating.

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