Subject: Huge fly or bee
Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
June 17, 2013 3:18 pm
Hey just wondering if this is identifiable. Huge fly or bee – waxy black body and wings – bright yellow tips on legs and antennae. 1.5” long body. Found in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 17, 2013.
Your confusion is understandable. This is an Elm Sawfly, Cimbex americana, and though its name indicates that it is a fly, it is actually a non-stinging relative of Bees and Wasps in the order Hymenoptera. The larvae of the Elm Sawfly are frequently mistaken for caterpillars.