Subject: Large Wasp
Location: Central Arizona
November 14, 2015 3:38 pm
Funny story. Fount this guy in the pool, dead. Scooped him out and spread him out to dry after showing the kids. While laying him out I couldn’t get his legs right, to spread, so I kept at it until he came back to life.
What a wonderful Bug Humanitarian story. This is a Tarantula Hawk, a group of Spider Wasps that prey upon Tarantulas. Most North American species of Tarantula Hawks have reddish-orange wings. We are pretty certain your individual is Pepsis mexicana based on images posted to BugGuide.