Be Very Afraid…

Saturday I went to The Ledges State Park and chased some bugs.  I am happy to report that the canyon road was finally open and people were enjoying themselves immensely.

I saw a bug that was new to me, although I have seen photos of it:

This is a fly, although it looks and acts like a yellow jacket wasp.  It is called Spilomyia longicornis.  Not a whole lot is known about its life cycle, although it may live in holes in trees that contain water or moist debris.  Although you might be frightened by this insect, you need not be because it cannot bite or sting.  The black legs might even imitate the black antenna of the other insect.

This is a yellow jacket wasp.  It has a stinger and it can sting you.  And it usually brings its friends along to the party.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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