Geographic location of the bug: Lincoln Nebraska
Time: 11:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This buzzed by my sidters house today and I’ve never seen anything like it. Is it dangerous? They have kids and pets to keep safe.
How you want your letter signed: Concerned Sister
Dear Concerned Sister,
The time for your concern is long passed since it appears the Spider Wasp in this image was already dispatched with some type of spray that formed puddles around its body. Spider Wasps are not aggressive, though the might sting if carelessly handled. They are considered beneficial as they help to keep Spider populations in check. Many insects accidentally enter the home, and the best way to remove them alive is to trap them in a glass, and then slip a postcard between the glass and the surface so the insect can be safely transported outside. We believe the Spider Wasp in your image is Tachypompilus ferrugineus based on this BugGuide image. Here is an image of a Spider Wasp with its prey. Because we feel this harmless Spider Wasp was dispatched unnecessarily, we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.