Observation and photo by Barbara Filet, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)
Note: Thanks to Brandon Woo, Contributing Editor, BugGuide, for making the ID, which may be accessed here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1240001
12 June 2016
Meridian State Park
Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
Great Golden Digger Wasp was large and brilliantly dressed in its zany orange and black with hints of red and yellow. It was interested in half-starting to dig any number of holes on the trail. It flies in Texas from May through November per the BugGuide data map, and ranges across most of Canada and the United States. Its range extends south through the "neotropics"--Mexico, Central and South America. According to the BugGuide description, Great Golden Digger Wasp "takes nectar at flowers and feeds its young on various types of paralyzed Orthoptera." Because of its wide transcontinental range north and south, Great Golden Digger Wasp is an authentic resident of the Western Hemisphere. Meridian State Park opened in 1935 and is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Source: "Species Sphex ichneumoneus - Great Golden Digger Wasp," BugGuide, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, range map, photographs, description, classification, resources, accessed 6.16.16, http://bugguide.net/node/view/414
terrible picture, will try to find again and hopefully get a better one, very colorful red on this insect, was actually trying to get the one on the right when the one on the left flew in
Damon Tighe's Insect Photography at Lake Merritt
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.