outside butterfly garden
Sphex ichneumoneus on Ampelopsis brevipedunculata flowers, trail near viewing deck, Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY. (Another black wasp species is visible in photo below S. ichneumoneus.)
Woke up early to walk around the Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington -- saw lots of birds! There were several other folks out birdwatching too.
Sphex ichneumoneus visiting Ampelopsis brevipedunculata flowers, trail at Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Sphex ichneumoneus on goldenrod, trail at Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY.
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.