Unknown Wasp identified as Sphex species

large wasp
I have noticed a wasp hanging around our house in South Carolina that I have never seen before. I have search online and haven’t been able to identify it. I have only seen it in the hottest part of the day. The picture was taken at 3pm and the temp is around 100 degrees. He seems to favor this coleus plant which is in bloom. The wasp is about 1 1/4 inches long. Can you help? Thanks

Hi Wendy,
We are not sure of the identify of your wasp. We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he can assist. Here is Eric’s response: “Daniel: The unknown wasp is Sphex habenus most likely, certainly a Sphex:-) Wonderful shot, too. Eric”

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