At Attakulangara School.
San Diego County, California, US
Ammophilia sp. (Hymenoptera: Aculeata: Apoidea: Sphecidae: Ammophilinae). Veteran's Park, Prince William County, VA 20 October 2012
Female Thread-waisted Wasp with Nest
(The nest is being closed, note the pebble must be close to the wasp's body weight. A paralyzed caterpillar with wasp eggs is sealed down the hole)
I think this is probably Ammophila procera since I can see the reddish (rugose coloration on the thorax.
Bug Net Info bugguide.net/node/view/156848
Rainier Vista Trail 1155, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Scree Slope Elevation ~ 5700 feet (1750 m.)
22 July 2006
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...