What is this bug?
Location: Sacramento, California
October 1, 2011 4:16 pm
I saw this in my yard. I smashed it because it had what looked like a stinger.
As it died the stinger was going in and out. Ick. What is it?
Robber Flies are harmless, beneficial predators, and smashing them constitutes Unnecessary Carnage in our minds. We believe this may be a member of the genus Andrenosoma based on photos posted to BugGuide. What you have mistaken for a stinger is probably the ovipositor, the organ the female uses to lay eggs.