This photo was taking in May 2011 in Central NY. I have never seen one before, nor have I seen one since. My curiosity has got the best of me, and I have just stumbled upon this page.
~~ This bee-like insect was about 3-3 1/2 inches in length (including the front and rear legs). It appears to have a stinger of sorts. The body wasn’t like that of a wasp and it was straight. I am not sure what the 2 things protruding from behind the second set of legs are and the antennae are (for lack of better description) knobby?
I have googled many times, and don’t even find anything remotely similar to it. I would be so insanely grateful if you know what exactly this is, as it’s been driving me bonkers for a while now. Thank you SO very much in
This is a Wood-boring crane fly, female
Your insect does look like a wasp, however it is a fly.
This is a large crane fly technically called Ctenophora dorsalis…tho some folks call it the wood-boring crane fly as it does not have a common name.
The knobs you see right behind the wings are called halteres which all flies have instead of a second pair of wings. The knobs help with balance.
For a crane fly this one is large and stocky. The males antenna is even more distinct by being more comb-like and they do not look like the female.
The larvae of this fly develop in soft dead wood. The long rear-end that looks like a stinger is the ovipositor…the female uses this long appendage for inserting an egg into the soft wood where it will hatch and the larvae develop.
These flies are found in open woodlands usually with wet and dry areas.
Cool find! Have not seen one myself so was glad to learn about a new to me insect! Thanks!