Subject:  hymenoptera
Geographic location of the bug:  Iowa
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 10:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you ID this insect
How you want your letter signed:  Greg

Pigeon Horntail

Dear Greg,
This is a Wood Wasp known as a Pigeon Horntail.  Your individual is a female and what appears to be a stinger is her ovipositor.  She lays her eggs beneath the bark of broad leaf trees and the larvae are wood borers.  They do not seek out healthy trees but generally choose diseased or rotting trees or sometimes recently felled wood.
  According to BugGuide, they select “diseased, decaying or cut wood” and “hosts: beech, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, apple, pear, sycamore, hackberry.”

Location: Iowa

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