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Subject: Iridescent Wasp?
Location: Cabot, VT
July 17, 2016 8:03 am
I just found this beautiful wasp-like flying bug, dead in my upstairs window (July). I live in central Vermont, in an old farm house surrounded by cow pastures and woods. We have a small second floor attic space, and I’ve seen both evidence of old wasp nests on the ceiling in there, and live wasps flying out of there. I haven’t seen one like this alive, though. I’ve never seen anything like it, even though I’ve lived in a number of New England farm houses throughout my life. I love your website, and I’m so excited to finally have a bug to send to you!
Signature: Lara

Blue Mud Wasp

Blue Mud Wasp

Dear Lara,
This looks to us like a Blue Mud Wasp,
Chalybion californicum, a species described on BugGuide as:  “A large, active, blue-black wasp with irridescent blue wings. Frequents flowers for nectar and buildings for nest sites.”  BugGuide also states:  “Females construct mud nests in sheltered areas, often under the eaves of buildings, and provision them with spiders. Sometimes refurbishes the nests of other mud-daubers, such as Sceliphron.”

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Subject: Long, flying insect with orange wings burrowing in sand
Location: Park Lake beach, Rockaway, NJ
July 14, 2016 9:18 am
Hi
Today on the beach we saw quite a few insects we haven’t noticed before (we were at a different beach). They were long – 2 or 2.5 inches, had orange wings, and were burrowing into holes in the sand. We’d love to know what they are ! (Could only get a picture of the bright orange wings in blurry pictures. The wings didn’t show up in the clearer pics)
Signature: Stephanie Kawalec

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Dear Stephanie,
The female Great Golden Digger Wasp creates a subterranean nest that she provisions with paralyzed Katydids that will provide fresh meat for her developing brood.  Great Golden Digger Wasps are a solitary species and they are not aggressive toward humans.

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Subject: Bug id
Location: Virginia Beach VA
July 6, 2016 8:05 am
I am looking to identify this bug I have seen on my Threadleaf coreopsis. Can you help me figure out what this is and if he is a good bug? I am thinking some kind of thread waisted wasp.
Signature: Stacey Allin

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Stacey,
This is a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, but we are not able to provide you with a species identification.  Thread-Waisted Wasps are solitary wasps and they are not aggressive.  Adults take nectar, but females prey upon insects to feed to the young.  They are considered beneficial.

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Subject: What kind of insect is this??
Location: Arizona
June 17, 2016 4:20 pm
Found this bad boy buzzing around the cab of my truck and it just wouldn’t leave, now i am very curious as to what it is and if it is dangerous because i was sure acting like it haha.
Signature: Mark V

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Mark V,
This is a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, and they are solitary and not aggressive.  It very much resembles the Great Golden Digger Wasp, but the coloration is wrong, especially in the face, so we believe it is a member of the same genus.  This image from BugGuide looks quite similar.  We will check with Eric Eaton to see if he can confirm our ID.

Eric Eaton Provides a Correction
Daniel:
I think the wasp in question is actually a female Prionyx foxi.  Great find if so, they don’t seem to be very common.
Eric

Ed. Note:  Here is the BugGuide page with additional images.

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Subject: Believe to be blue wasp
Location: chandler AZ
June 6, 2016 10:15 am
Thinking it’s a blue wasp or mud wasp; didn’t mind the photo shoot wasn’t aggressive at all/
Signature: Doc

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Dear Doc,
This is one of the most beautiful images we have ever received of a Steel Blue Cricket Hunter,
Chlorion aerarium, and the second image you provided where the Wasp is exiting the frame nicely illustrates the Thread Waist distinctive in the family Sphecidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Although generally not closely associated with humans, they are found wherever their hosts (Gryllus crickets) are found, which could include close proximity to homes … . Chlorion is usually found in open areas such as meadows, overgrown fields, dunes, beach edges, etc., although they may not necessarily hunt in the same habitat as they nest. ”

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Daniel;
Thank you for the feedback I deeply appreciate it , I have to admit it is one of my favorite shots of the many I take around my yard. Please feel free to use the picture if you like.
peace

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Subject: Isodontia mexicana?
Location: South Central Texas
June 6, 2016 6:26 am
Howdy Bugman – I think we have the Frank Lloyd Wright of Grass-carrying wasps. Can’t think of anyone else that will appreciate this as much as me – happy Monday. 😀
Signature: Debbie Littrell Ventura

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Dear Debbie,
That is one impressive Grass Carrying Wasp Nest.  Will you be suspending use of your hose until after the emergence?

Sure going to try. My garden hose using spouse is not nearly as impressed, but I’m working on his sensibilities. Have a fab week, Daniel. 😀

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