Pair of light yellow bands on abdomen , , ,
Location: Southern Baxter County Arkansas 20 miles South of Mountain Home
August 25, 2010 7:40 am
This critter loves the pollen on the Mountain Mint blossoms. It’s long and slender, gun-metal blue, with long thin wings,no obvious hair; seems neither territorial nor aggressive; shows up daily wherever the Mountain Mint is blossoming here, which started in late July and continues through August. Most notable characteristic is a pair of light yellow bands across its abdomen. Would love to know what type of critter it is.
This is a Double Banded Scoliid Wasp, Scolia bicincta, one of a group of wasps that preys upon beetle grubs to feed their larvae. You can see BugGuide for more information on this lovely wasp.