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Subject:  Regular visitor to mountain mint
Geographic location of the bug:  SW Indiana
Date: 08/19/2018
Time: 10:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would appreciate an ID on this large insect visiting our mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) plants
How you want your letter signed:  Paul

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Paul,
This is a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, but we are having trouble identifying its species.  It looks similar to individuals in the genus
Sphex pictured on BugGuide, including the Great Golden Digger Wasp, but its abdominal color and white facial and thoracic markings are quite different.  Perhaps one of our readers will provide assistance.

Thanks! I found a Sphex habenus that was close but am not 100% on that ID.

That is the same species that Cesar Crash commented regarding.

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Location: Indiana

2 Responses to Thread-Waisted Wasp, but what species???

  1. Cesar Crash says:

    I believe it’s not white, but golden like this: https://bugguide.net/node/view/427332/bgpage

    But they say “Resembles S. habenus:
    However, there are at least a couple of very similar species, so please wait for expert confirmation/correction.”

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