Subject: Curious as to what this creature is
Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
June 3, 2017 8:06 pm
Hello, I was recently at a friend’s place when this creepy fellow was spotted on the ground… managed to snap a picture of it before it noticed me and flew at my face then away. Any help being able to identify this mysterious work of art would be greatly appreciated… it looks like something out of a night mare.
Signature: Robert Boretz
This is an Elm Sawfly, Cimbex americana, a non-stinging relative of bees and wasps. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison. According to BugGuide: “not considered a forestry problem, but [larvae] can defoliate shade/ornamental elms and willows.” Elm Sawfly larvae are frequently confused with Caterpillars.