I posted some photos of this insect on facebook for my friends to enjoy*, labeling it “Sawfly”. To which one of my clever friends quipped, “And tookaphotofly.” Which I thought was hilarious. (My friends are the coolest.)
Anyway, the sawflies are a group of insects within the order Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps), which lack the characteristic “wasp-waisted” constriction between the abdomen and thorax. I’ve mentioned them in the context of forest pests before.
The horntails are among the wood wasps, which lay their eggs inside wood. The impressive ovipositor is a tool to help them drill through tree trunks.
*well, I enjoy posting them anyway.