Note: We kindly request your assistance in IDentifying this particular wasp. Its features include a thin then broader abdomen that begins black in color at the base then turns red-orange, then back to black. Many thanks in advance for your expert assistance in IDing it. Thanks!
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29 August 2015: While walking the mostly dried out rocky creek bed of Cooper Creek about a quarter-mile downstream from Avondale Park in Denton, Texas, we came across this wasp drawing water from what remains of it in Cooper Creek along with several other species of wasps. This is not a very common wasp at this site as there are not many flying in the area and this is our first observation of it this summer though we may have missed it before. Was able only to take the one digital image as it landed and did not allow for better focus and much less a series of images to be taken before it simply flew away, skittish.
We did some searching online but have not come up with the proper ID or anything close to it.
Avondale Park and Cooper Creek are administered by the City of Denton, Texas.
Wasp with red and black bands
Hiding from the rain.
The Sphecidae (Latreille, 1802) are a cosmopolitan family of wasps that include digger wasps, mud daubers, and other familiar types that all fall under the category of thread-waisted wasps. Both of the traditional definitions of the Sphecidae (the conservative one, where all the sphecoid wasps other than ampulicids and heterogynaids were in a single large family, and the more refined one, where the seven large sphecid subfamilies were each elevated to family rank) have recently been...