Small wasplike insect with orange abdomen
This wasp was taken on July 22 in a wooded area of Brazos Bend State Park. I haven’t found anything in any of my books that looks like a sure match. It is 19 mm long. Please let me know what it is. Thanks a bunch.
Glen Kilgore

Hi Glen,
We will check to see if Eric Eaton recognizes your wasp. Here is Eric’s response: “The wasp with the red abdomen is a sphecid in the genus
Prionyx, and looks to be a female. It is probably P. fervens, as it has dark wings, which the otherwise similar species do not have. Females paralyze short-horned grasshoppers (Acrididae) as food for their offspring, and they frequently capture ‘hoppers much larger and far heavier than themselves.”

Location: Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

8 Responses to Sphecid Wasp

  1. Tony Stafford says:

    Saw a wasp like creature today. His abdomen was bright red, no stripes just bright red. The rest of his body was black. He was the size of a large yellow and black striped wasp. What was it?

  2. Michelle says:

    I just saw the same in my garden as Tony describes. Not orange or red, but bright red and BIG. 1 & 1/2″ EASY. I have lived in Florida my whole life and have never seen this bug. I live near the beachesof St. Pete

  3. Rhonda says:

    There are 2 of these flying bugs in my house. I went to get spray and when I came back to room they were gone. Main concern is do they sting? I d k how they’re in the house.

  4. alexis says:

    do this wasp jump and live in the sand and florida

  5. Nate says:

    I caught one killing a large winged grasshopper today near Portland, OR. I have a good picture of it, but there isn’t a place to upload. It’s not aggressive toward me and I’m up close taking photos.

  6. Denise says:

    I have some kind of wasp they are black I did notice one with a red bottom and the rest are more brownish. I do have animals so my concern is whether they sting or not I myself would not be fast enough to run away because I do have allergies.Oh I live on Long Island New York

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