Subject: What type of bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Southern New Jersey
Time: 05:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this very interesting. It’s about a little more than an inch long and has a red bottom.
How you want your letter signed: Not sure
This is a Mydas Fly and here is an image on BugGuide for comparison. According to BugGuide: “Eggs are laid singly in soil or rotting wood. Mydas larvae prey on beetle larvae, esp. those of June beetles. Larvae pupate close to soil (or wood?) surface.” Many people mistake Mydas Flies for wasps, but unlike the latter, Mydas Flies do not sting.
Ed. Note: This posting was rescued after being lost during a recent upgrade.