By Harold Willis, volunteer entomologist
As I was exploring Britton park before lunch today, I ran into a naturalist from California! Where to find naturalists? In nature, of course! Great to meet you, John! :)
First sighting of one of these. They are very cool.
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.