Hickory Borer

Subject: Wasp or beetle?
Location: Eastern Nebraska
April 17, 2016 9:42 am
Can you identify this? They are on the south side of my house and I just noticed them yesterday when my niece stepped on one. Location eastern Nebraska.
Signature: Thanks, Stacy

Hickory Borer
Hickory Borer

Dear Stacy,
This is a beetle commonly called a Hickory Borer,
Megacyllene caryae.  Do you have any nearby hickory or other nut trees, or perhaps a wood pile near where they are appearing?  The larvae are wood borers and the adults emerge in the spring.  They are thought to mimic stinging wasps for protection and the Hickory Borers are harmless, though they do have strong mandibles and they might pinch someone who carelessly handles one of them.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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