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What is this bug in my house?
Location: Northern Indiana
April 5, 2012 10:41 am
White antenna, wings, body has stinger. Looks like a carpenter ant or termite swarmer, but has a stinger and white antenna
pic #1 is view from the top
pic #2 is bottom view of bug
Signature: from Indiana

Spotted Wood Wasp

Though we did not recognize this insect, we thought it resembled some Wood Wasps we have seen.  We quickly identified it as a Spotted Wood Wasp, Xiphydria maculata, thanks to an excellent photo posted to BugGuide.  The antennae really are quite distinctive.

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

One Response to Spotted Wood Wasp

  1. Sue Wilson says:

    I just found one of these rather beautiful insects on my deck and had to look him up. Thanks for having such an easy to use web site and clear pictures so that I could identify him.

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