Burrowing in my garden
I was hoping you could identify a bug for me.
I’ve attached a photo of a flying insect, about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches long. It’s burrowing holes in my garden. Should I be concerned about anything? At least it’s not in the house! Thanks!
You have no cause for alarm. This is a nonaggressive Great Golden Digger Wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus. Your specimen is a female and she is digging a nest that she will provision with katydids, crickets and camel crickets, the food for the larvae. The adult wasp will visit flowers for pollen.