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    • Sphex ichneumoneus
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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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jmcalpin

Date

November 2, 2014 02:26 PM CST

Description

Hangs out on my milkweed eating nectar from the flowers daily. Suspected it was the culprit of my disappearing monarch cats but now know this species feeds its young with orthopterans.

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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sambiology

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October 22, 2014

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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mcduck

Date

July 19, 2007

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

~2 cm length, ♂. Seen in our garden (live oak/chaparral habitat). ID confirmed by Richard Vernier @ BugGuide.

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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naturenut

Date

August 20, 2014

Description

a wasp enjoying the goldenrod

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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nbnc

Date

August 19, 2014

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great golden digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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cspnl

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July 23, 2014 10:31 AM PDT

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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rwp84

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August 9, 2014

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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gyrrlfalcon

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August 8, 2014

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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saranimal

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August 6, 2014 06:09 PM EDT

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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treichard

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July 13, 2014 04:25 PM EDT

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jimsteamer

Date

August 5, 2014

Description

Golden Digger Wasp

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Great Golden Digger Sphex ichneumoneus

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maractwin

Date

August 5, 2014 09:13 AM EDT
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Description from Wikipedia

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.

No range data available.