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Subject: Strange Dragonfly
Location: Macdonald Township, Echo Bay, ON Canada
July 21, 2017 12:37 pm
This little fella looks sort of like a Dragonfly of some kind. I’ve never seen one quite like this though, has me curious. Any thoughts?
Signature: -Mick

Stump Stabber

Dear Mick,
This is NOT a Dragonfly.  This is a female Giant Ichneumon,
Megarhyssa atrata, commonly called a Stump Stabber, and she is in the act of laying eggs.

Thanks so much for the speedy reply, been in the maple bush a lot of years and myself or my father have never seen these little gaffers.

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Subject: Flying bee- or hornet-like insect
Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia suburbs)
July 21, 2017 6:48 am
These bugs (2-3) fly around my front lawn during the day. They don’t seem aggressive; I just typically walk trough them if they’re flying in my path. They are rather large and bigger (and probably less segmented) than a bee or hornet would be.
Signature: Ken

Cicada Killer

Dear Ken,
This large wasp is a Cicada Killer, and your submission is our first report of the season.  People fear Cicada Killers because of their size and behavior.  Male Cicada Killers are harmless as they cannot sting, but they will patrol an area favorable for nesting and chase other creatures away.  Female Cicada Killers sting and paralyze Cicadas to feed the larva that develop in underground burrows.  Though they are capable of stinging, the female Cicada Killer is not aggressive and she does not defend her nest. 

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Subject: Huge flying wasp/hornet
Location: Québec
July 17, 2017 1:21 pm
Hey guys I saw this huge thing in a swampy area in the woods of western Canada (Québec ) I wanted to know what species it could be? Thanks guys.
Signature: Emil

Elm Sawfly

Dear Emil,
The Elm Sawfly is a non-stinging relative of wasps and hornets.

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Subject: Pumpkin-Wasp-Bee-Hornet???
Location: Belle River, Ontario, Canada
July 17, 2017 7:58 am
A most unusual hornet looking bug was in the area while I was working and I have no idea as to what it is. The main body was orange and black and legs were orange as well. It would be great to know what this is and possibly where it comes from as I have never seen anything like it in this area.
Thank you.
Signature: Jerome

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Dear Jerome,
The Great Golden Digger Wasp is a non-aggressive, solitary wasp found across North America.  They are a harmless species.  Unless you found it already dead, we are going to have to tag this as Unnecessary Carnage and we hope you will be more tolerant if you have future encounters with Great Golden Digger Wasps.

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Subject: some kind of wasp or hornet?
Location: Balkan/Montenegro/PodgoricaJuly 16, 2017 5:54 am
Hell0! ☻ It’s been a while since my last entry… so I’ve found this fella yesterday in Podgorica,main city of Montenegro… It was about two inches long,and resting.I just took these pics and continued my way ☻ Anyway,I’ve seen this specific hornet or wasp for the first time,so I’m interested in what species it is exactly…
Signature: Sam

Female Mammoth Wasp

Dear Sam,
This is a female Mammoth Wasp, and this year we have gotten images of female Mammoth Wasps from Morocco, Italy and Malta.  Female Mammoth Wasps have yellow heads while the heads of male Mammoth Wasps are black.

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Subject: Creepy bug
Location: New Jersey Pine Barrens
July 16, 2017 4:12 pm
I found this bug in the shower stalls at my camp and it didn’t bother me, but I have not been able to identify it and would really like to know what it is. I found it in the summer in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Signature: Cate


Dear Cate,
We believe we have correctly identified your parasitoid Ichneumon as
Xorides stigmapterus thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide of the genus:  “hosts: wood-boring beetles, especially Buprestidae and Cerambycidae.”

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