Is this a fly of some sort?
Location: Rockford, Minnesota
June 4, 2011 7:55 pm
My husband discovered this thing on the screen door of our balcony during the summer last year and he had to take a picture of it! We’ve never seen anything like this before!
Signature: Brandee Lee

Pigeon Horntail

Hi Brandee,
This is a non-stinging Wood Wasp known as a Pigeon Horntail.  The female uses her ovipositor, which appears to be a stinger, to deposit her eggs under the bark of dead or dying trees.  The larvae are wood borers.  We just recently posted several photos of the Pigeon Horntail’s primary predator, the Giant Ichneumon.

Location: Minnesota

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