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    • Sphex ichneumoneus
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What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Date

August 29, 2015

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What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

sambiology

Date

November 18, 2015

Description

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.

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What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

sambiology

Date

November 17, 2015

Description

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.

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Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

bug_eric

Date

August 4, 2014

Description

Medium-large wasp, colored as shown. Foraging for nectar from milkweed flowers.

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Square

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Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

cgritz

Date

October 18, 2015

Description

This one made a quick stop and off again, just one bad photo

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Square

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Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

picklepastures

Date

October 17, 2015 11:27 AM CDT

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Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

October 16, 2015 05:09 PM CDT

Description

These gentle giants come out in the evening and drink nectar from the flowers. They really like the tropical milkweeds.

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Square

What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

shaunmichael

Date

October 9, 2015 05:14 AM CDT

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Square

What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

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dpunzalan

Date

August 5, 2015 02:26 PM EDT

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Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

taogirl

Date

October 5, 2015

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Square

What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

jenningseec

Date

July 12, 2013 01:22 PM EDT

Description

By Harold Willis, volunteer entomologist

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What

Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

sambiology

Date

October 2, 2015

Description

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! :)

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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.
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