Friday, January 25, 2008

Great Golden Digger Wasp from Maine

Slim pickings at this time of year. However, I am gradually going through my unidentified pix from the last 2 years and throwing some in to BugGuide for identification. We vacationed in Maine last August, and I saw this large wasp actively searching for prey around a little hole in the sand on a trail around the lake at Ferry Beach State Park, Old Orchard Beach. I consider Maine pix to be acceptable for a blog on New Brunswick insects - it's close enough. This wasp is a Great Golden Digger Wasp (SPHECIDAE Sphex ichnumoneus). I watched it for about 30 minutes, but couldn't get any great pix as it would not stay still.