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Subject:  Beetle maybe?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Castle, PA
Date: 05/06/2018
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

Hickory Borer

Dear Monica,
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!
Sincerely,
Monica

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: New Castle, Pennsylvania

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