Subject: Bee Identification
Geographic location of the bug: Spruce Pine NC
Time: 04:28 PM EDT
Hi I saw this little critter on its back and was going to help flip him over but he turned back without my help. I thought he was just a regular Bee until I saw his wings legs and stinger. It’s the beginning of fall here I have to say I’ve never saw a bee quite like this!
How you want your letter signed: SJ
This is not a bee. It is a predatory Giant Robber Fly in the genus Promachus, but we are not certain of the species. What you have mistaken for a stinger is the ovipositor the female uses to lay eggs. Here is a similar looking individual on BugGuide.