Subject:  Striped Wasp-like bug & a fly/bee type bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Black Mtn Fire Lookout, SW Wyoming, USA
Date: 07/13/2019
Time: 01:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this wasp and fly-type bug. Hanging out at my Fire lookout.
How you want your letter signed:  Roger Lockwood

Wood Wasp

Dear Roger,
We will take your identification requests one at a time to give each insect its just due.  The wasp is a type of Horntail in the genus
Uroceros, most likely Urocerus flavicornis which is pictured on BugGuide.  We tried to determine the preferred host trees for this Wood Wasp, but we had to zoom out to the subfamily level on BugGuide to learn they feed “on conifers.”  We wanted more details to complete this posting, so we continued to research.  According to the US Forest Service, where the BugGuide provided taxonomic name is actually a subspecies Urocerus gigas flavicornis, they feed on “Fir, larch, spruce, pine, and Douglas-fir.”

Location: Black Mountain, Wyoming

One Response to Horntail

  1. Deborah Luper says:

    This looks a lot like a bee that I saw flying by my front porch in south-central Alaska last year. I was totally freaked out because it was huge! Bigger than the large bumblebees that we have. In fact I thought it was a bumblebee hybrid. Not that I know anything about whether bees cross mate or not.

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