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Aug 7, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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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Aug 8, 2015 5:56 AM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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Very likely a Spider Wasp in the Family Pompilidae, there will be more than you find on bugguide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://bugeric.blogspot.co.uk/...

http://eol.org/pages/2738687/o...
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Aug 8, 2015 6:28 AM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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
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Aug 8, 2015 6:38 AM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Bee Lover Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Dragonflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Cat Lover Garden Photography Butterflies Birds Spiders!
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...:

http://www.discoverlife.org/20...
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Aug 8, 2015 6:45 AM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
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