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