Subject: What’s this insect?
Location: Homosassa, Florida, United States
July 5, 2015 9:52 am
I live in the United States (Florida. I found this wasp floating in my swimming pool skimmer the other day. From what I’ve been able to determine, it is a male mammoth wasp. Is this a mammoth wasp? If so, are they now living in the United States. I’ve read that this species is from Europe. Thank you.
Your wasp is Scolia bicincta, a member of the family Scoliidae whose members are called Mammoth Wasps, Flower Wasps or Scarab Hunter Wasps. We can assure you that your wasp is native. This particular species is generally called a Scarab Hunter or Double Banded Scoliid, and the name Mammoth Wasp is generally reserved for the European species.