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.
Signature: SK

Elm Sawfly

Elm Sawfly

Dear SK,
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. 

Location: Saskatoon, Canada

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