Ant, Parasitic Wasp, Other? #724665 - Ask Extension


Ant, Parasitic Wasp, Other? #724665

Asked September 17, 2020, 9:47 AM EDT

Hello!! I was wondering if you can help me identify this bug. I have found 3 so far... One in our home, one outdoors and one in my pant leg while driving... That one bit or stung me 8 times (at first I felt a picky sensation and then burning... Like a small bee sting). After much research, it looks a lot like a samuri wasp, which makes sense because our wooded property is very much over populated with stink bugs. I know samuri wasps are not supposed to sting humans, but whatever this is certainly did! If it's not that, what could it be? Thanks so much in advance!! It is very small, 3 body parts, appears to have wings, antennae, appears to have stinger or very pointed hind.

Saginaw County Michigan

Expert Response


That looks more like a winged ant than a wasp. You can send it to me if you like and I will try to ID it for you.

To preserve and protect fragile specimens, it’s always best to submit insects in a small leak proof vial filled with rubbing alcohol or vinegar (the postal service prefers you send them in vinegar).  Place the vial in a small zip-lock baggie, then in a small box or mailing tube and mail to

Plant and Pest Diagnostics
578 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing MI 48824-6469

Be sure to include a note with your contact information including your email address.

You can download one of our submittal forms here..

Here is our location:

Regards, Howard

Howard Russell Replied September 17, 2020, 9:56 AM EDT

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