Is is Art? or is it a Bug??? Sculptural Elm Sawfly

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Huntsville, Ontario.
August 8, 2016 7:08 pm
Could not identify this one. Wasp?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
No hurry.
Signature: Barry

Sawfly Sculpture
Sawfly Sculpture

Dear Barry,
When we opened the first of your images, we were so disoriented, we thought we were looking at an insect inspired sculpture, and not a real insect.  It wasn’t until we opened a second attached image that we realized we were looking at a dead Sawfly that had been posed, upended, with its legs functioning as the foundation of the “sculpture” and our orientation returned.  Your insect is an Elm Sawfly,
Cimbex americana, and you can compare your dead individual to this image of a living specimen on BugGuide.  Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of wasps and bees, and Sawfly larvae are frequently confused for caterpillars.

Elm Sawfly
Elm Sawfly

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