Subject: Beetle maybe?
Geographic location of the bug: New Castle, PA
Time: 08:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi,
My brother foundthis bug outside his house. I love Bugs and was interested because I’ve never seen this one before. After trying many different ID tools and researching as I normally do, I’m still drawing a blank. My children and I would love to know if this a beetle and if so, what kind?
How you want your letter signed: Thank you! Monica C. Edmonds
Both this Hickory Borer, Megacyllene caryae, which is active in the spring, and its look-alike relative the Locust Borer which is active in the fall are beetles that mimic stinging wasps, specifically Yellowjackets. Our editorial staff is from Youngstown, Ohio, and when we return, a visit to New Castle is generally part of the itinerary.
OMGosh thank you! I’m going to tell my brother right now!