One nectaring on Flat-topped Buckwneat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) near Flint Wash Bridge.
Black and red wasp with golden face.
Feeding on Milkweed. Apparently they're very common when the milkweed is in bloom, or freshly watered.
Saw a lot of these last summer. First sighting today on the front walk where I was watering plants.
One of two fairly large (almost 1 inch) Sphecid wasps nectaring on flowers of Coffeeberry (Frangula californica).
At burrow entrance.
Sphex ichneumoneus, known commonly as the great golden digger wasp or great golden sand digger is a wasp in the family Sphecidae. It is identified by the golden pubescence on its head and thorax, its reddish orange legs, and partly reddish orange body. This wasp is native to the Western Hemisphere, from Canada to South America, and provisions its young with various types of paralyzed Orthoptera.