Sorry the picture is blurry. It got into my window and couldn't get out.
Single individual observed hunting primarily in branches of sweetgum tree. What I find interesting about this species at this location is that it prefers by and large to hunt in higher areas, rather than lower to the ground, like many of the other wasps here. 90F, sunny, humid.
Was too far away to get a good picture.
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...