Subject: Orchid bee or cuckoo wasp
Location: Birmingham AL
April 22, 2017 8:37 am
Not sure what this is. Found dead in porch in Birmingham Al
This is definitely a Cuckoo Wasp. According to BugGuide: “The female sting has been modified into an egg-laying tube with highly reduced valvulae and poison gland. As a result, unlike most other aculeates, chrysidids cannot sting and can be easily handled.”
Thank you for the reply. I have never seen one before. Very interesting.