Subject: This bug / insect scares me
Geographic location of the bug: Goodlettsville TN
Time: 07:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This see picture has shown up on my front porch. It flies quickly if you try to get near it. Is it harmful or dangerous? It scares me.
How you want your letter signed: Karen
The Giant Ichneumon or Stump Stabber is neither harmful nor dangerous, but the lengthy ovipositor is frightening looking. This is a beneficial insect. The female uses her ovipositor to lay eggs beneath the bark of trees infested with wood boring larvae, and the Ichneumon larva feeds on those wood boring larvae.