Spider Wasp

Subject: Help identifying this insect
Location: Greater DC area
July 5, 2016 8:04 am
Hi there – we have been seeing these around our home, just the last few weeks (so starting in mid-June). Not a lot of them but still… Can’t decide if it’s a wasp or if it’s a Mydas Fly variety or…?
The lighting isn’t great – i couldn’t get him to cooperate – but the body detail is pretty good. His legs and abdomen are both this red color but his wings are black.
We live in the greater DC area, by the way. We live out in farmland area, with both some small suburbs and some wetlands nearby.
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Spider Wasp
Spider Wasp

This is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, and we believe it is most likely Tachypompilus ferrugineus which is pictured on BugGuide.  Spider Wasps are not aggressive, but they can sting.

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