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Burrowing in my garden
HI,
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!
Randy Scott

Hi Randy,
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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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