Explored Phil Hardberger Park in the morning -- this park was packed with folks though! Nonetheless, I was still able to sneak up on a few critters... and plants. Plants are relatively easy to creep up on.
Observed while wife was in "Things in a Room" quilt shop in Fredricksburg with a lady that talked waaaaaay too much, apparently. :) All good -- gave me some time to explore out by this little creek.
Have seen these wasps before -- will have to go back and look.
Medium-large wasp, colored as shown. Foraging for nectar from milkweed flowers.
This one made a quick stop and off again, just one bad photo
These gentle giants come out in the evening and drink nectar from the flowers. They really like the tropical milkweeds.
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! :)
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.