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Whats this bug?
Location: Gaines, Michigan
July 24, 2011 11:01 am
These wasp looking bugs cloud around our yard, they never seem to land they just fly in circles. We caught one and it is less than an inch long, and it has weird antennas. They just appeared this month, please help!
Signature: Alan Rodgers

Five Banded Tiphiid Wasp

Hi Alan,
This is a male Five Banded Tiphiid Wasp,
Myzinum quinquecinctum.  According to BugGuide:  “A slender, shining black wasp, with yellow crossbands. Males are more slender than the females and have an upturned black hook at the end of the abdomen. There are 5 yellow bands on the abdomen of the female (the second is broken in the middle) and 6 narrow, more regular ones in the male. Both head and thorax are marked with yellow. Legs of the males are strongly yellow, but they are reddish in females. Wings are brown.”  This is not an aggressive species, and males form “Bachelor Parties” like this one we posted in 2007.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Michigan

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