Orange Digging Bee
August 2, 2009
Hello, In my garden I have multiple bees digging multiple holes almost exactly 8″ apart from eachother. The bees are about 2″ long and their wings flutter constantly. They are not aggressive just very busy digging perfect little holes!
This is a Great Golden Digger Wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus, a species found throughout the continental U.S. The Great Golden Digger Wasp is not aggressive toward humans and it will help keep the katydid and cricket population down in your garden because that is what the female wasp provisions her underground nest with so the wasp larvae will have a ready food supply.
Thank You so much for helping me ID this wasp. I really like the little critters and enjoy watching them, they seem to be just as curious about me as well. I appreciate your help!