Subject: Big flying bug in western PA
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
July 19, 2014 11:06 pm
Hi – I’ve attached a photo of a flying bug that I found on my porch in Pittsburgh, PA. It was about two inches long – I’ve never seen anything like it ever.
This impressive creature is a Wood Wasp known as a Pigeon Horntail. Your individual is a female and the organ that looks like a stinger is actually her ovipositor, which is used to deposit eggs beneath the bark of dead and dying trees. The larva are wood borers. Pigeon Horntails do not sting.