Pigeon Horntail

Subject: Grasshopper/bee hybrid?
Location: Bozeman, MT
September 30, 2016 3:17 pm
This was a very loud bug about 2.5 inches long in overall length. Looks like it had a stinger about 3/8 inches long.
Signature: Curious

Pigeon Horntail
Pigeon Horntail

Dear Curious,
This is a Pigeon Horntail, a non-stinging relative of wasps and bees.   See this BugGuide image for comparison.   Pigeon Horntails lay eggs beneath the bark on deciduous trees and the larvae are wood borers.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include beech, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, apple, pear, sycamore, and hackberry.”

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