What is this bug?
Location:  Madison, Maine
August 7, 2010 12:01 pm
Hi, I am in Maine and have an outside light on my garage. In the mornings, I find many interesting bugs, however, this one is very unusual to me.
Jeff Brazier

American Pelecinid

Hi Jeff,
This very distinctive insect is a Parasitoid Hymenopteran known as an American Pelecinid.  Your individual is a female, and she uses her flexible abdomen to lay eggs underground where they can parasitize the grubs of June Beetles.

Location: Madison, Maine

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