Pigeon Horntail

Subject: What is this insect?
Location: North Alabama
May 29, 2016 6:52 pm
Can you identify this red wasp looking insect?
Signature: Brad Hawkins

Pigeon Horntail
Pigeon Horntail

Dear Brad,
This is a harmless species of Wood Wasp known as a Pigeon Horntail.  The female uses her ovipositor to lay her eggs beneath the bark of deciduous trees.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include beech, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, apple, pear, sycamore, and hackberry” and “Females lay eggs in diseased, decaying or cut wood.”  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site in mid-June during our annual trip away from the office.

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