Subject: Flying stinger bug
Location: Fort Worth, TX
May 29, 2016 8:15 pm
This flying insects just painfully bit my husband. No itching or welt left behind. We are in North Texas in early Summer.
Dear B. Mann,
This is a Short Tailed Ichneumon in the genus Ophion, and we believe these are the insects that folks write about when they claim to have been stung by a Crane Fly. According to BugGuide: “Most all Ophion larva are parasites of caterpillars.” Your submission will not post live to our site until mid-June during our annual absence from the office.