PIgeon Horntail

Subject: What kind of wasp?
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
August 6, 2013 12:03 pm
This wasp landed on my friend today. Looks like some kind of mutated paper wasp with the elongated abdomen. There is also not much of a transition between abdomen and thorax and it’s usually very pronounced in wasps. Any idea what it is? Thank you!
Signature: Lucas B.

Pigeon Horntail
Pigeon Horntail

Hi Lucas,
This is a Wood Wasp known as a Pigeon Horntail.  The larvae bore in the wood of dead and dying trees.

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