Subject: Fly Wasp thing
Geographic location of the bug: Central Coast California
Time: 09:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Help ID please
How you want your letter signed: Rebecca
Our editorial staff is very fond of these Sand Wasps in the genus Bembix because in addition to being very pretty, according to BugGuide: “Females provision their nest with flies which the larvae feed on (a single developing larva may eat more than twenty flies)” and “Provisioning is progressive. The females provide a greater number of prey over subsequent days during larval growth. Adults are excellent diggers and can disappear below the surface of loose sand within seconds.” They are important predators that help reduce the numbers of troublesome flies that are attracted to sandy locations including beaches and campsites.