Experimental Gardens, Goldenrod patch. Sunny and warm, no recent rain, but humid.
On frostweed (Verbesina virginica).
Uplaoding a series of local pollinators for Texas Pollinator BioBlitz.
Had to get out of the office for a bit, so I went out to look for pollinators. Saw some other stuff too! :)
Feeding on Tropical Milkweed
about 25 mm; easy to spot; black head and thorax are covered with short golden hair; half of the back segment of their abdomen is also black with their front segment and legs a reddish-orange; not aggressive like other wasps we have - this one does more good than harm
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.