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Subject: Isodontia mexicana?
Location: South Central Texas
June 6, 2016 6:26 am
Howdy Bugman – I think we have the Frank Lloyd Wright of Grass-carrying wasps. Can’t think of anyone else that will appreciate this as much as me – happy Monday. 😀
Signature: Debbie Littrell Ventura

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Dear Debbie,
That is one impressive Grass Carrying Wasp Nest.  Will you be suspending use of your hose until after the emergence?

Sure going to try. My garden hose using spouse is not nearly as impressed, but I’m working on his sensibilities. Have a fab week, Daniel. 😀

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Subject: Thread waisted wasps?
Location: Statesboro GA
September 21, 2015 4:28 pm
Hi,
I took this photo today at Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro GA. I believe it’s two thread waisted wasps mating, but would like confirmation from an expert. Thanks for a great website and resource.
Signature: eddie l

Mating Thread-Waisted Wasps

Mating Thread-Waisted Wasps

Dear Eddie,
Your image of mating Thread-Waisted Wasps is quite beautiful.  We quickly identified them as
Eremnophila aureonotata thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, they are found in:  “Old fields near deciduous or other(?) woodlands. The wasp is commonly found on wildflowers with large clusters of blossoms, such as Queen Anne’s Lace. Mating pairs on flowers are common.”  The female provisions an underground nest with caterpillars.

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Subject: blue bee??
Location: Palm Springs, CA
August 15, 2015 12:01 am
This is a pretty poor picture due to the fact that a spider got to this bug first. Its brilliant blue color and huge white eyes really caught my attention. I don’t know if this is a fly or a bee but I’ve never seen one like it before. It was about three quarters of an inch long.
Signature: Gehr

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Thread-Waist Wasp, not Bee.

Thanks Daniel! Found one blue one in Google images, though none with white eyes.

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Hi Again Gehr,
We wrote to Eric Eaton to get his opinion on this matter and this is what he wrote back:
“Daniel:
Steel Blue Cricket Hunter, Chlorion aerarium.  I suspect death has something to do with the white eyes. 🙂  Maybe the spider sucked them dry.  No, seriously.
Eric”

Thanks for the update!  I agree, definitely most likely the Cricket Hunter.  Interestingly, one Google image I found had one with the white eyes. I suppose could be due to dehydration a la arachnid!
Gehr

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Subject: Help! What is this bug?
Location: Riverside, California
August 15, 2015 8:56 am
We found this weird bug on our patio and we don’t know what it is. Is it a kind of wasp? We didn’t see any other ones. Can you tell us what is please?
Thanks!
Signature: Hope (6 yrs old)

Thread-Waisted Wasp:  Sphex lucae

Thread-Waisted Wasp: Sphex lucae

Dear Hope,
This is indeed a wasp, more specifically a Thread-Waist Wasp in the family Sphecidae.  These are solitary wasps and they are not aggressive.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Sphex, and though the genus is well represented on our site because of the Great Golden Digger Wasp and the Great Black Wasp, your lovely red and black individual is a different species, probably Sphex lucae, based on the images on BugGuide.  This is a new species for our site.  BugEric has an excellent description of this species.

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Subject: Ground wasp?
Location: Grand Junctoon , CO
August 7, 2015 3:22 pm
We have an interesting wasp that is excavating a small hole in a crack in the driveway. He does not seem aggressive ….similar in behavior to a cicada killer.
Signature: Patrick

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Dear Patrick,
This sure looks like a Steel Blue Cricket Hunter,
Chlorion aerarium, to us, and we believe SHE is making a subterranean nest that she will provision with Crickets for her brood.  See BugGuide for more information on the Steel Blue Cricket Hunter.

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

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Subject: bugs nest
Location: Miami,Florida
July 29, 2015 10:27 am
Please help me figure out what this is.
Signature: Tiffany

Mud Dauber Nest

Mud Dauber Nest

Dear Tiffany,
This is the nest of a Mud Dauber, a solitary wasp that builds a nest of mud that is comprised of numerous cells provisioned with paralyzed spiders.  Each cell contains a single egg.  By the look of your nest, the adult Mud Daubers have already emerged to forage, pollinate flowers and possibly begin building a new generation of mud nests in sheltered locations, often in the corners of windows and under eaves.  Mud Daubers are not an aggressive species that can often be found collecting mud in gardens and other areas that are watered.

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