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Is this a ground hornet?
August 7, 2009
Hi Bugman –
I found these guys living in the ground outside my apartment. I thought they might be some type of hornet but I didn’t think hornets lived in the ground. They’re very large. I hope you can help me identify them.
Tom Houston
Allentown, PA USA
Tom H.
NE Pennsylvania USA

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Hi Tom,
This is a Great Golden Digger Wasp and we have posted numerous photos of them in the past few weeks, including some photos from our own garden.
They are not an aggressive species.  It is nice that your photo shows the burrow.

Thank you for the quick response.  It’s good to know that they are not aggressive.  I guess that’s why I was able to get so close.
Thanks again.  Great website!

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