Subject: Bug Identifier
Location: Richmond,KY
April 1, 2017 2:23 pm
Don’t think this is anything to worry about, but we’d like to know what it is.
Signature: John

Hickory Borer

Dear John,
Because of its April appearance, we know that this is a Hickory Borer,
Megacyllene caryae, because its similar looking, close relative the Locust Borer, Megacyllene robinae, is generally sighted during the autumn months.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae mine newly dead hickory, and sometimes other hardwoods.”  Both species are harmless to humans, though they have strong mandibles that might produce a painful pinch.  It is widely believed that both species benefit from mimicking stinging wasps.

Location: Richmond, Kentucky

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