Subject: Striped Wasp-like bug & a fly/bee type bug
Geographic location of the bug: Black Mtn Fire Lookout, SW Wyoming, USA
Time: 01:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Please identify this wasp and fly-type bug. Hanging out at my Fire lookout.
How you want your letter signed: Roger Lockwood
We will take your identification requests one at a time to give each insect its just due. The wasp is a type of Horntail in the genus Uroceros, most likely Urocerus flavicornis which is pictured on BugGuide. We tried to determine the preferred host trees for this Wood Wasp, but we had to zoom out to the subfamily level on BugGuide to learn they feed “on conifers.” We wanted more details to complete this posting, so we continued to research. According to the US Forest Service, where the BugGuide provided taxonomic name is actually a subspecies Urocerus gigas flavicornis, they feed on “Fir, larch, spruce, pine, and Douglas-fir.”