Fascinating Bug

This bug, this incredible and unusual bug took me for a surprise when I was out in the backyard. The long black body kept my eyes glued on it so I could snap the pictures. Anyone knows what it is?

I am not sure if it is a wasp or not as the tail of the long body is used to stabilize when it is landed. There was no way to come any closer as it can see my movement!

As you can tell, this bug can fly! I find it fascinating to watch and wonder about it identity at the same time. I described this on Google "black bug with long body" and found nothing remotely similar to this bug of mine!

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Karen September 20, 2013 12:15 pm  

I've seen these in my yard. I think it's a Stephanidae, aka crown wasp.

Anonymous September 21, 2013 10:11 am  

How unusual. Nice shot.

TexWisGirl September 21, 2013 10:38 am  

wow! what a mish-mash of features!

Icy BC September 21, 2013 10:41 am  

Thanks Karen!
I looked it up on Google, and some said it is :-)

Anonymous September 21, 2013 10:43 am  

Great bug shot but no idea what it is ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ carol, xo

Rajesh September 21, 2013 3:18 pm  

Very unique.

Joyful September 21, 2013 6:38 pm  

It's very unusual but I have no idea what it is either! Have a great weekend.

Jennifer A. Jilks September 21, 2013 9:18 pm  

I have one like this, a stump stabber! Mine has colours, though! They are strange, but lay eggs with the long bit, the ovipositor.

Wasp March 21, 2017 9:12 am  

Not sure if you're still interested in this after a few years, but your bug is a Pelecinidae wasp ;-) Nice images!!

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