Subject: Black wasp with orange wings
Geographic location of the bug: In Genesee id
Time: 09:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hey, so I have never seen one of these before… Google said it is a tarantula wasp??? Just curious what it is…
How you want your letter signed: Shara cook
Tarantula Hawks are Spider Wasps in the genera Pepsis and Hemipepsis that prey on Tarantulas, and according to BugGuide data, the latter genus is not found as far north as Idaho, and similarly, BugGuide data on the genus Pepsis also shows a more southern range. Other Spider Wasps have similar coloration. Your individual might be Calopompilus pyrrhomelas which is pictured on BugGuide and reported from Idaho based on BugGuide data.
Are they dangerous, or like a normal sting or bite? I picked it up with a leaf , and put it in the sun. It was cold on my porch.
Spider Wasps are not aggressive towards humans, and Tarantula Hawks are reported to have very painful stings. Since your individual is also a member of the tribe Pepsini that includes Tarantula Hawks, it might also have a painful sting. Again, Spider Wasps are not aggressive, but they can sting.