What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: bugs
Location: broken bow, oklahoma
October 21, 2013 6:35 am
I found this bug outside my garage window. I trapped it in a glass bowl. After taking a photo I let it go. I have not been able to find out what it is and I was hoping you could.
Signature: Christian Tyler Short

American Pelecinid

American Pelecinid

Hi Christian,
This is a very excellent photo for identification purposes.  This is a female American Pelecinid, a parasitic wasp that pushes its long abdomen into the ground to lay eggs on the grubs of Scarab Beetles.  The beetle grub provides food for the developing American Pelecinid larva.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Broken Bow, Oklahoma

2 Responses to American Pelecinid

  1. Phil B says:

    I live in Ontario Canada and i just found one of these guys in my back yard. Really cool looking creatures.

  2. john cote says:

    i live in maine and saw one resting on my steps

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