mystery to fellow bug lover
Location: barnwell, sc, usa
October 2, 2011 6:09 pm
I found the bug in my attached photos this afternoon during my dog walk in an overgrown field located in Barnwell, SC (October 3, 2011). The size was approximately 3 to 4 inches total, and it had its relatively large mandibles attached to the stem it was perched. Any information is appreciated.
Because of the silvery white slash markings on the thorax and the large size, we have identified your Thread Waisted Wasp as Ammophila procera based on photos posted to BugGuide and this description: “a widespread and common species in eastern North America. It has fairly distinctive, bold silver dashes (front-most interrupted) on the thorax, and is one of the largest members of the genus. However, certain identification as to species is probably not plausible based on photographs.”