Subject:  Hornet?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greenville, SC
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 03:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It looks like a very large beetle with a bee’s abdomen, about 2″ long. Wings are purple – ish.
Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Gerri Johnston

Mydas Fly

Dear Gerri,
This is not a Hornet.  It is a Fly, and because of the clubbed antennae and the orange band on the abdomen, we are pretty confident it is a Mydas Fly, most likely
Mydas clavatus.  According to BugGuide:  “With the black-and-orange pattern, it resembles a wasp and fools the casual observer.”

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

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