Strange bug

Asked June 1, 2020, 11:01 PM EDT

Can you tell me what this is?

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for the image.

This insect is an Ichneumonid Wasp. It is considered a beneficial insect as it kills certain boring insects of trees.

The long object extending from the end of the abdomen is an egg-laying device, not a stinger. It is used to penetrated wood and insert an egg into a tree-boring larva (youngster). It doesn't attack people or their pets.