Subject: Glossy blue-black bug
Location: SW Virginia public garden
August 7, 2017 1:38 pm
Hi, I saw these bugs recently on a very busy patch of hoary mountain mint. They moved too fast to get a good photo of their wings – they are a beautiful blue-black. Can you tell me what they are? thank you!
Signature: curious

Great Black Wasps

Dear curious,
these look to us like Great Black Wasps,
Sphex pensylvanicus.  This BugGuide image nicely illustrates the blue reflections on the wings.

Great Black Wasp

Location: Virginia

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