Subject: What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Alabama
Time: 10:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What is this?
How you want your letter signed: Gillian McCown
This is a female Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa, probably Megarhyssa macrurus. Giant Ichneumons are sometimes called Stump Stabbers because the female uses her long ovipositor to deposit eggs beneath the bark of trees infested with wood boring larvae of Horntails. They are not aggressive and they do not sting.