Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Georgetown KY
March 25, 2015 8:05 pm
My husband was stung by this bug. We have never seen one before. It is red and flies. What is it?
This is an Ichneumon, a member of a family of parasitic wasps. Most Ichneumons are perfectly harmless, though there is one genus, Ophion, that is reported to sting. Your individual appears to be a member of the genus Ophion, the Short Tailed Ichneumons, which you can read more about on BugGuide. We believe this is the insect that is mistaken for a stinging Crane Fly as Crane Flies do not sting.