This guy was one of the more large wasps I have seen around the Fort Worth Nature Center's Hardwicke building. Wasps come in and out everyday and each one I photograph is cool. This one had the color of black which was it's primary color with a yellow to golden outline. It was kind of big about the size of a regular big wasp. It almost look like a yellow jacket but had the wrong pattern and not the right body type. the abdomen section was long and narrow. It was pretty stretched out. Its wings had a reddish dark tint to it. It was a very interesting wasp. I always try to take all the photos I can of the wasps I find when I am not Volunteering. When I do take a photo on the job it is just for a brief break and sometimes I just take the picture and go about my business. This one was taken before one of the classes I took last year.
Found inside the house when sweeping the floors.
Out of all the critters we collected in our killing jar this one is my all time favorite.
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...