Subject: This bug hurt me. What is it?
Location: Central Kansas (Valley Center, Kansas)
April 16, 2017 8:52 pm
I let my dogs in around 9:45 pm and in came two of these bugs. One stung me, I actually screamed because it hurt. An hour later it still hurts. I need to know what this bug is or my 10 yr old will never go outside again. I live near a pond and I am in Valley Center, Kansas this is located in the central part of the state. 4-16-2017
Dear C. Waller,
This is a Short-Tailed Ichneumon in the subfamily Ophioninae, a parasitoid wasp that we believe is to blame for many reports we receive of stinging Crane Flies. Short-Tailed Ichneumons are attracted to lights, and that might be the reason they entered your home at 9:45 PM. Though painful, the sting is not considered dangerous. You might have to rethink restricting the activities of your ten-year old since BugGuide data has the range of Ophioninae as most of North America, with only four states providing no reports: Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. That does not mean they do not exist there, merely that there have been no BugGuide sightings.