Subject: What’s this bee, hornet, wasp?
Geographic location of the bug: Southwestern pa. South of Pittsburgh
Time: 10:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: At a local playground South of Pittsburgh pa. This thing was on the sign. The larger bug was between 1 and 1.25 inches long not including legs. It appeared to be eating/mating with a “normal” sized bee/wasp. Is this one of those “murder hornets”? I haven’t heard of them in this area yet… Or is this just some large wasp… Thanks for any info.
How you want your letter signed: The Robe
Dear The Robe,
This is neither a Bee, nor a hornet nor a wasp. It is a Red Footed Cannibalfly, a predatory Robber Fly that feeds on large flying insects, including bee, hornets and wasps.