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Sawfly? - Cimbex americanus

Sawfly? - Cimbex americanus
Hampton, Virginia, USA
Do they sting? How can you tell if male or female. Thank you.

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Sawfly? - Cimbex americanus Sawfly ? - Cimbex americanus

Moved
Moved from Cimbex.

Moved
Moved from Cimbicid Sawflies.

They don't
sting, because their ovipositor is designed for cutting trough plant tissues, as the name "Sawfly" indicates. Even if a nasty one would try to cut through human skin, there are no venom glands anyway.
Genders can be told apart by examining the apex of the abdomen, the sheats of the ovipositor being quite visible ventrally in females. This is not possible here, but a male of this group wouldn't have such a stout head, and most of them have an all black body.