Subject: Never seen this wasp before?
Location: Tuscaloosa, alabama
July 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Saw this on a basil plant in a garden in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I’ve seen a lot of species of wasps around here, but never this one. Any ideas? Thanks for your time!
This is not a wasp. Rather, it is a beetle that derives protection because it mimics stinging wasps. Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that this is an Amorpha Borer, Megacyllene decora, and according to BugGuide: “Extremely variable.” This is only the second posting of this species to our site, so we are thrilled to be able to add your image to our archives.