Subject: Great Black Wasps
Geographic location of the bug: Andover Township, NJ
Time: 06:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I was out in my pollinator garden this afternoon and noticed a huge Great Black Wasp on the mountain mint. A very exciting discovery as I rarely see them. And then, I started noticing that there were maybe a half dozen of them in the garden! I am hopeful that this means a colony is getting established somewhere on our property. I already have a nice colony of Great Golden Diggers, so have Black Wasps would be a bonus. A few photos below.
How you want your letter signed: Deborah E Bifulco
Your Great Black Wasp images are awesome. That is exciting to learn you may have a stable population of this incredible predator in your vicinity. Daniel sees Great Golden Digger Wasps every summer on onion flowers and chives flowers, and there is a healthy population of Katydids in the garden as well, but last year was the first time he had a Great Black Wasp sighting on a wild sunflower, but alas, he had no camera handy.