Subject: Digger wasp variant?
Location: Philadelphia, PA suburbs
July 3, 2012 1:20 pm
Hello, I noticed this wasp the other day and was struck by its appearance, as I do not usually see wasps this large except for the occasional cicada killer. I researched it online and as close as I could tell it was a digger wasp, specifically sphex nudus. However, in all the photos I have seen none have the orange antennae like the one in my picture. The wasp was also over an inch long.
Signature: Aaron Trzeciak
This is a fly, not a wasp, and it is very easy to mistake a large Mydas Fly for a wasp. We just posted a photo of another species of Mydas Fly, and your individual is Mydas tibialis which we identified on BugGuide.