Wood Wasp from Canada

Subject: Whats this bug?
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
July 24, 2016 10:32 am
Hi All!
I live in Surrey, BC Canada and had this bug land on my boat cover as I was doing some chores.
It was/is about 3cm long… ish… and just seemed pretty content to fly around after I took a few pics.
Never seen something like this and we’re hoping you could tell us what it is.
Signature: Richard

Wood Wasp
Wood Wasp

Dear Richard,
This beautiful, and harmless, Wood Wasp or Horntail is
Urocerus albicornis, a North American species, found, according to BugGuide, in “forested regions from southern boreal Canada south to NC-MP-NM-CA.”  BugGuide also notes:  “hosts include fir, larch, spruce, pine, Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar.”

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