Subject: Friend or Foe?
Geographic location of the bug: Pateros , WA
Time: 06:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This guy was moving among the flowering herbs at edge of garden this weekend. He looks formidable with extremely long back legs. What is he?
How you want your letter signed: Charlene
This large, impressive wasp is a Great Golden Digger Wasp, a solitary species that is not aggressive toward humans. Was it moving among the flowering herbs like it was more interested in the flowers or like it was searching for something? This is a pollinating species that feed on nectar as an adult, but it is carnivorous, but helpless, as a larva. The female Great Golden Digger Wasp hunts for Katydids among the foliage and when she locates one, she stings it to paralyze it and then drags it back to her subterranean nest as food for her brood. We vote “friend.”