Subject: What’s this?
Geographic location of the bug: Browns Mills, New Jersey
Time: 04:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I just would like to know what kind of bug this is, tried to search myself but no exact match.
How you want your letter signed: Thank you, Holly.
This is a Mydas Fly, Mydas clavatus, and it is generally believed that this harmless species mimics stinging wasps for protection. While this mimicry will work on many predators, it does not work with humans that have a morbid and irrational fear of wasps. This individual does not appear to have met a natural death. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.