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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!
Signature: Dave

Amorpha Borer

Dear Dave,
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.

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

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