Great golden digger wasp

7006.    Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7006. This is a great golden digger wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). The females dig tunnels in loose soil that they then provision with paralyzed insects for their young. They are not at all aggressive, and unlikely to sting unless you were to pick one up. Click here for more detailed information.