Insect and Bug ID forum: Huge flying insects on my mountain mints

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 7, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Found a couple of these buzzing around my mountain mints this evening. Just wondering what they are, as they are much larger than what I typically see!!


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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 8, 2015 5:56 AM CST
Very likely a Spider Wasp in the Family Pompilidae, there will be more than you find on bugguide.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/3919/bgpage

I'm inclined to place it in the Tribe Pompilini ..

http://bugguide.net/node/view/519697/bgpage

It could also be in a different family such as Sphecidae!

http://bugguide.net/node/view/998738/bgpage

Anoplius aethiops is possible, location seems to fit but this is only a guess.

http://bugeric.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/wasp-wednesday-anopliu...

http://eol.org/pages/2738687/overview





Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 8, 2015 6:28 AM CST
thanks, Janet! Cool links. Thank You! Thumbs up I am leaning towards Sphex pensylvanicus, great black wasp--the pics look like it, plus the size, which I would have put at larger than 1.5 inches!! Big Grin
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
Butterflies Birds Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Spiders!
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JRsbugs
Aug 8, 2015 6:38 AM CST
The blue-black colouring on the wing looks to match Sphex pensylvanicus, not many wasps are that size so it seems a good match. There's thousands of wasps but some are quite common and more easily recognised.

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20p?see=I_JSA1589&res=640&fla...:

http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Sphex+pensylvanicus
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 8, 2015 6:45 AM CST
thanks, Janet--great photos! Yes, the size was absolutely amazing, and caused me to go back in my house and get my camera, as I had never seen anything like it! Blinking

It's nice to know they are beneficial for so many things--controlling the katydid population, pollinating milkweed, and providing food for birds. Thumbs up Just hope my pesticide-happy neighbor doesn't start spraying across the fence again! Glare
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