Subject: Is this some type of very large wasp or hornet? Please help!
Geographic location of the bug: St. Paul, Minnesota
Time: 03:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello!
This very large wasp/hornet-looking insect was on a tree in my front yard. It was at least 2 inches long, with a very thick/large stinger. The striping was almost an orange on it’s abdomen. Very curious what this is!
Thank you in advance
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I think I just figured out what it is!
I believe it’s a Pigeon Horntail female. Apparently they lay eggs to feed on dying trees (which the tree it was on has died…).
You are correct. This is an ovipositing Pigeon Horntail.