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Subject: Orchid bee or cuckoo wasp
Location: Birmingham AL
April 22, 2017 8:37 am
Not sure what this is. Found dead in porch in Birmingham Al
Signature: Jeremy

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Jeremy,
This is definitely a Cuckoo Wasp.  According to BugGuide:  “The female sting has been modified into an egg-laying tube with highly reduced valvulae and poison gland. As a result, unlike most other aculeates, chrysidids cannot sting and can be easily handled.”

Daniel
Thank you for the reply. I have never seen one before. Very interesting.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Birmingham, Alabama

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