Subject: Wasp with quite a tail!
Location: Waynesville, NC
August 24, 2017 6:35 am
Hey bug folks! I saw this cool wasp while enjoying the eclipse on the blue ridge parkway near Waynesville NC. I’ve never seen one with such an elaborate tail and figured you all could tell me more!
Signature: Thanks, Mike
This is an American Pelecinid, Pelecinus polyturator, the only member of its family in North America, according to BugGuide where it states: “One North American genus with only one species.” We have gotten numerous comments submitted this year reporting sightings. This is a female American Pelecinid. The male has a much smaller abdomen. The female uses her long abdomen to lay eggs underground where her young will parasitize Scarab Beetle Grubs.