Subject: Whats this bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Elgin,TX
Time: 02:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This evening for the first time I got stung by what at least I thought was harmless “Mosquito Hawk”.My skin is still very hot,itchy,and burning 2 hours later.One difference I noticed from posted photo’s is much longer antenae that curl on the ends. (Elgin Texas)
How you want your letter signed: M.McCartney
We get numerous emails and comments from folks claiming to have been stung by a Crane Fly, AKA Mosquito Hawk, and despite our repeated responses that Crane Flies do not bite nor sting, a stand supported by Crane Fly expert Chen Young, folks still claim the Crane Fly to be the culprit. Your image is of an Ichneumon, a parasitoid wasp. Most Ichneumons are harmless to people, but one genus, Ophion, is capable of stinging. Your Ichneumon appears to belong to that genus.