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August 07, 2007

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Ruth

It's a big bug but I bet all those aphids will be on the run. Have a great time while you're away.

Genie

Have a good trip -- and thanks for stopping to take pics of the wasp! I had no idea wasps were meat-eaters...this was a good education!

Jacqueline

What a cool post. Hooray for big horrible bugs?

I wish I was going to Yosemite! Happy trails, y'all!

kate

Enjoy your time in Yosemite, lucky you!

I think I like wasps now ... they've never bothered me thankfully.

Heather's Garden

Ugh -- I hate wasps. I've never been stung and they freak me out! I was intrigued by your awesome photos though and did a little googling. I found this on whatsthatbug.com:

Great Golden Digger Wasp
(07/17/2005) Great Golden Digging Wasp - Ky
I found a wasp digging in the back yard. From your sight it appears to be a Great Golden Digging Wasp. Last year I found a Cow Killer in my garage. Trying to identify that I found your great site. Keep up the good work.
Thank You,
David

Hi David,
Thank you so much for using the site as a research tool. So many people just send in photos and questions when a little searching will give them the answers. Your Great Golden Digger Wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus preys upon crickets, camel crickets and katydids. The adult builds the burrow and provisions 2-7 cells with anesthetized prey for the larval food. Adults frequent flowers for nectar and are active July and August.

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