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Thread waisted wasps are absolutely remarkable and they are so fun to watch hunt. I’ve seen these guys carry off caterpillars 3 times their size! #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectsofig #insectagram #insecta #insectspecimens #insekt #bug #bugs #wasp #threadwaistedwasp #sphecidae #wasps #waspsofinstagram #goldendiggerwasp #entomology #entomologist #entomologia #entomologie #bughunt #bughunting #specimen #insectpinning #buglife

Thread waisted wasps are absolutely remarkable and they are so fun to watch hunt. I’ve seen these guys carry off caterpillars 3 times their size! #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectsofig #insectagram #insecta #insectspecimens #insekt #bug #bugs #wasp #threadwaistedwasp #sphecidae #wasps #waspsofinstagram #goldendiggerwasp #entomology #entomologist #entomologia #entomologie #bughunt #bughunting #specimen #insectpinning #buglife

294 8 25 January, 2019

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Life on the Moon....🥕. Sphex ichneumoneus and Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

Life on the Moon....🥕. Sphex ichneumoneus and Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

204 6 15 September, 2018
Whos hungry??? #goldendiggerwasp

Whos hungry??? #goldendiggerwasp

13 2 5 September, 2018

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So cool to see this Great Golden Digger Wasp enjoying the nectar of this Asclepias. It’s beautiful coloration caught my eye & I had to do some research to find out what it was. It’s scientific name is Sphex ichneumoneus & it is said to be a rather mild mannered species which paralyzes small insects to place into individual tunnels as food for its offspring upon hatching.
#wasp #beauty #goldendiggerwasp #getoutdoors #lookaround #nopesticides #biodiversity #organicgardening #educatedgardener #nursery #santamargarita #slocounty #insect #insectsofinstagram

So cool to see this Great Golden Digger Wasp enjoying the nectar of this Asclepias. It’s beautiful coloration caught my eye & I had to do some research to find out what it was. It’s scientific name is Sphex ichneumoneus & it is said to be a rather mild mannered species which paralyzes small insects to place into individual tunnels as food for its offspring upon hatching.
#wasp #beauty #goldendiggerwasp #getoutdoors #lookaround #nopesticides #biodiversity #organicgardening #educatedgardener #nursery #santamargarita #slocounty #insect #insectsofinstagram

45 8 30 August, 2018
Beautiful Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) I found this little one digging it's nest in the forrest while hiking. These wasp are specially interesting because they aren't aggressive wasp and tend to be solitary 
#natgeo #protectourplanet #saveournationalparks #visitnationalparks #sequoianationalpark #sequoia #wasp #goldendiggerwasp #hiking #studygram

Beautiful Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) I found this little one digging it's nest in the forrest while hiking. These wasp are specially interesting because they aren't aggressive wasp and tend to be solitary
#natgeo #protectourplanet #saveournationalparks #visitnationalparks #sequoianationalpark #sequoia #wasp #goldendiggerwasp #hiking #studygram

15 0 29 August, 2018
🇪🇸 Otra avispa de la familia sphecidae. Similar, pero no igual. 🇺🇸 Another wasp of the sphecidae family. Looks like, but it's not the same

#sphexfunerarius  #sphexrufocinctus #Sphexmaxillosus #avispaexcavadora  #avispa #goldendiggerwasp  #diggerwasp #wasp  #hymenoptera  #sphecidae_family  #insectosdeespaña
#insectos #insects #avila  #insectsofspain  #entomologia #entomology
#wildlife #wildlifeSpain #nikon #nikond3400

🇪🇸 Otra avispa de la familia sphecidae. Similar, pero no igual. 🇺🇸 Another wasp of the sphecidae family. Looks like, but it's not the same

#sphexfunerarius #sphexrufocinctus #Sphexmaxillosus #avispaexcavadora #avispa #goldendiggerwasp #diggerwasp #wasp #hymenoptera #sphecidae_family #insectosdeespaña
#insectos #insects #avila #insectsofspain #entomologia #entomology
#wildlife #wildlifeSpain #nikon #nikond3400

24 0 8 hours ago
Horrible #waspsting I received in #muirgrove #sequoianationalpark those little bastards hurt like hell! #diggerwasp #goldendiggerwasp

Horrible #waspsting I received in #muirgrove #sequoianationalpark those little bastards hurt like hell! #diggerwasp #goldendiggerwasp

12 7 13 August, 2018
A Great Golden Digger lookin' spry on the Spearmint.

A Great Golden Digger lookin' spry on the Spearmint.

212 10 11 August, 2018
We have a zillion of these dudes all over the herb garden the past 2 weeks.  Golden Digger Wasps, according to one of my gardening groups and non-aggressive, which seems to be true since they let me very close with no signs of attack.  Despite (or because of?) the drought, we have so many pollinators this year and they all LOVE the mint and catnip blooms.

#pollinatorgarden #pollinators #gardening #pnwgardening #mint #flowers #beneficialinsects #goldendiggerwasp #beessavetheworld

We have a zillion of these dudes all over the herb garden the past 2 weeks. Golden Digger Wasps, according to one of my gardening groups and non-aggressive, which seems to be true since they let me very close with no signs of attack. Despite (or because of?) the drought, we have so many pollinators this year and they all LOVE the mint and catnip blooms.

#pollinatorgarden #pollinators #gardening #pnwgardening #mint #flowers #beneficialinsects #goldendiggerwasp #beessavetheworld

17 0 2 August, 2018
A gentle Great Golden Digger wasp visiting my new butterfly bush. 
#insects #wasp #solitarywasp #goldendiggerwasp #butterflybush #closeup #backyardbugs #sphexichneumoneus

A gentle Great Golden Digger wasp visiting my new butterfly bush.
#insects #wasp #solitarywasp #goldendiggerwasp #butterflybush #closeup #backyardbugs #sphexichneumoneus

45 0 1 August, 2018
The golden digger wasps are not aggressive so it was way cool to see some defense #goldendiggerwasp #notaggressiveatall #natureisneat

The golden digger wasps are not aggressive so it was way cool to see some defense #goldendiggerwasp #notaggressiveatall #natureisneat

24 0 25 July, 2018
Shortly before I decided to change my seat… #whatfreshhellisthis

Shortly before I decided to change my seat… #whatfreshhellisthis

85 8 20 July, 2018

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These wasps are so large I have to admit I was more nervous than usual getting close to them. The great golden digger wasp (Family Sphecidae, Sphex ichneumoneus) is native to North America. The female wasp stings a cricket in such a way as to paralyze but not kill it. She drags the cricket into the burrow, lays her eggs alongside, closes the burrow, and the grubs eat the paralyzed cricket (which hasn’t decayed). #hymenoptera #sphex #goldendiggerwasp #sphexichneumoneus #natureuscreepyandbeautiful #entomology #bugsr4girls #bugsrock #natureismetal

These wasps are so large I have to admit I was more nervous than usual getting close to them. The great golden digger wasp (Family Sphecidae, Sphex ichneumoneus) is native to North America. The female wasp stings a cricket in such a way as to paralyze but not kill it. She drags the cricket into the burrow, lays her eggs alongside, closes the burrow, and the grubs eat the paralyzed cricket (which hasn’t decayed). #hymenoptera #sphex #goldendiggerwasp #sphexichneumoneus #natureuscreepyandbeautiful #entomology #bugsr4girls #bugsrock #natureismetal

28 4 2 July, 2018
"Now I ain't saying she's a gold dig...."
Hold it right there.  That K. West song is not about us. We are golden and we dig. So we are known as Golden Digger Wasps. You humans throw enough shade on wasps as it is.

"Now I ain't saying she's a gold dig...."
Hold it right there. That K. West song is not about us. We are golden and we dig. So we are known as Golden Digger Wasps. You humans throw enough shade on wasps as it is.

28 1 28 June, 2018
Hello Golden Digger Wasp- this is only the second one I've seen in the yard and the flowers were so good the twitchy wasp let me close enough with the phone cam to make this vid. Have also seen a honeybee, bumblebee and Monarch Butterfly at home today.

Hello Golden Digger Wasp- this is only the second one I've seen in the yard and the flowers were so good the twitchy wasp let me close enough with the phone cam to make this vid. Have also seen a honeybee, bumblebee and Monarch Butterfly at home today.

17 1 24 June, 2018
Pt 2 of my walk...i was lucky enough to spot a female golden digger wasp covering up her hole.  First she finds a place to dig a hole and then she will sting and paralyze another insect to take back to the hole and lay an egg on top of it for the larva to eat once it hatches, and then she covers the hole back up. Once the wasp reaches an adult it emerge from the hole...if you look closely you can see her pick up a pebble rock and place it over another one.😁

Pt 2 of my walk...i was lucky enough to spot a female golden digger wasp covering up her hole. First she finds a place to dig a hole and then she will sting and paralyze another insect to take back to the hole and lay an egg on top of it for the larva to eat once it hatches, and then she covers the hole back up. Once the wasp reaches an adult it emerge from the hole...if you look closely you can see her pick up a pebble rock and place it over another one.😁

30 2 16 April, 2018
A Great Golden Digger Wasp peering over Asclepias incarnata.

A Great Golden Digger Wasp peering over Asclepias incarnata.

188 10 31 January, 2018
A garden Trick or Treater.......Great Golden Digger Wasp on Santolina flowers.

A garden Trick or Treater.......Great Golden Digger Wasp on Santolina flowers.

179 1 1 November, 2017

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A Great Golden Digger Wasp prowling the blooms of Swamp Milkweed.

A Great Golden Digger Wasp prowling the blooms of Swamp Milkweed.

197 4 25 August, 2017
Sound up to hear her at work!  An Amazing, huge, beneficial #wasp #groundwasp #diggerwasp #goldendiggerwasp #greatgoldendiggerwasp #sphex #ichneumoneus Will Not sting unless stepped on or grabbed and the males have no stinger. The seem and sound agressive but are Not! I was inches from this mom! They are great #pollinators and prey upon grasshoppers etc... #feedthepollinators #savethepollinators #lovenature #sphexichneumoneus

Sound up to hear her at work! An Amazing, huge, beneficial #wasp #groundwasp #diggerwasp #goldendiggerwasp #greatgoldendiggerwasp #sphex #ichneumoneus Will Not sting unless stepped on or grabbed and the males have no stinger. The seem and sound agressive but are Not! I was inches from this mom! They are great #pollinators and prey upon grasshoppers etc... #feedthepollinators #savethepollinators #lovenature #sphexichneumoneus

102 59 16 August, 2017
Went to water my plants and found a #GoldenDiggerWasp digging nest. Second is an actual video of her in action. #sphexichneumoneus #nature #natureinaction #bugs #wasp #gentlewasp #friendlywasp #gladimnotacricket

Went to water my plants and found a #GoldenDiggerWasp digging nest. Second is an actual video of her in action. #sphexichneumoneus #nature #natureinaction #bugs #wasp #gentlewasp #friendlywasp #gladimnotacricket

16 1 1 August, 2017
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Despite appearing threatening they're actually a docile wasp species.
#greatgoldendiggerwasp #diggerwasp #wasp #goldendiggerwasp #beelivesmatter #wasplivesmatter #entomology #insects #waspsofinstagram

Great Golden Digger Wasp
Despite appearing threatening they're actually a docile wasp species.
#greatgoldendiggerwasp #diggerwasp #wasp #goldendiggerwasp #beelivesmatter #wasplivesmatter #entomology #insects #waspsofinstagram

13 0 25 July, 2017
Sphex ichneumoneus
Great Golden Digger Wasp
I will tell you this wasp is quite intimidating being 2" long and darting about like a rocket. But they are a very peaceful insect and a beneficial predator. The adults feed on nectar from flowers, but they hunt grasshoppers and other like insects to paralyze and lay their eggs on. #goldendiggerwasp #bugsarecool #noticethelittlethings

Sphex ichneumoneus
Great Golden Digger Wasp
I will tell you this wasp is quite intimidating being 2" long and darting about like a rocket. But they are a very peaceful insect and a beneficial predator. The adults feed on nectar from flowers, but they hunt grasshoppers and other like insects to paralyze and lay their eggs on. #goldendiggerwasp #bugsarecool #noticethelittlethings

109 2 20 July, 2017
Female #goldendiggerwasp covering up her nest tunnel... no need to fear these, they aren't the least bit aggressive. 
#diggerwasp #sphexichneumoneus #wasp #waspnest #insectsofinstagram

Female #goldendiggerwasp covering up her nest tunnel... no need to fear these, they aren't the least bit aggressive.
#diggerwasp #sphexichneumoneus #wasp #waspnest #insectsofinstagram

8 0 11 July, 2017
Look at this beauty!  She was quite large and not shy about having her picture taken. I think she is a female Golden Digger Wasp, but I'm not 100% sure. Her colors were extraordinary! #goldendiggerwasp #insects #connecticutgardens

Look at this beauty! She was quite large and not shy about having her picture taken. I think she is a female Golden Digger Wasp, but I'm not 100% sure. Her colors were extraordinary! #goldendiggerwasp #insects #connecticutgardens

22 0 15 June, 2017
Portrait of a Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphecidae, Sphex ichneumoneus (Linnaeus)) by #insectsunlocked volunteer @jen_the_bird

Portrait of a Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphecidae, Sphex ichneumoneus (Linnaeus)) by #insectsunlocked volunteer @jen_the_bird

81 3 10 February, 2017
Freak out moment!! This sucker was inside my hoodie when I had it over my head to put on!! 😱😳 Phew!! Then, I thought...was he in there when I had it on earlier?!?! I remember seeing him fly by but, certainly did not think he'd disappeared into my hoodie...while I was wearing it!! 😳
#sherwoodarkansas #arkansas #surprise #wasp #eek #goldendiggerwasp #goldendigger

Freak out moment!! This sucker was inside my hoodie when I had it over my head to put on!! 😱😳 Phew!! Then, I thought...was he in there when I had it on earlier?!?! I remember seeing him fly by but, certainly did not think he'd disappeared into my hoodie...while I was wearing it!! 😳
#sherwoodarkansas #arkansas #surprise #wasp #eek #goldendiggerwasp #goldendigger

2 1 1 December, 2016
Garden toothbrush for a Great golden digger wasp. 
Mentha x piperita. Sphex ichneumonus 
#mint #mentha #lamiaceae #menthaxpiperita #peppermint #wasp #wasps
#goldendiggerwasp #pollinators

Garden toothbrush for a Great golden digger wasp.
Mentha x piperita. Sphex ichneumonus
#mint #mentha #lamiaceae #menthaxpiperita #peppermint #wasp #wasps
#goldendiggerwasp #pollinators

68 0 2 hours ago
One of the coolest wasps flying around town,  the Great golden digger wasp.  Sphex ichneumoneus hunts crickets and grasshoppers for its young and lives off flower nectar and plant saps. 
#pollinators #pollination #insects #wasps #goldendiggerwasp #sphex #sphexichneumoneus  #beneficialinsects

One of the coolest wasps flying around town, the Great golden digger wasp. Sphex ichneumoneus hunts crickets and grasshoppers for its young and lives off flower nectar and plant saps.
#pollinators #pollination #insects #wasps #goldendiggerwasp #sphex #sphexichneumoneus #beneficialinsects

118 1 2 September, 2016
Hanging around. #goldendiggerwasp #wasp #nature #photography #edit

Hanging around. #goldendiggerwasp #wasp #nature #photography #edit

18 1 5 August, 2016
It's been at it all day. Anyone know what species? 
#bugs #digging #nest

Edit: turns out this is a female #GoldenDiggerWasp and they're "benign and gentle"

It's been at it all day. Anyone know what species?
#bugs #digging #nest

Edit: turns out this is a female #GoldenDiggerWasp and they're "benign and gentle"

9 2 1 August, 2016
Golden Digger Wasp on the Buckwheat.  I know it's officially summer when these guys come out of their underground burrows and start hunting in my buckwheat.  These large insects look alarming but won't hurt you.  They spend most of their lives underground, and emerge in summer to catch other insects as prey for their larvae.
#goldendiggerwasp
#californianativeplants

Golden Digger Wasp on the Buckwheat. I know it's officially summer when these guys come out of their underground burrows and start hunting in my buckwheat. These large insects look alarming but won't hurt you. They spend most of their lives underground, and emerge in summer to catch other insects as prey for their larvae.
#goldendiggerwasp
#californianativeplants

4 0 20 June, 2016
Got the grass mowed and didn't get stung!! #stoked #goodday #notallergicjustdobtlikeem #goldendiggerwasp

Got the grass mowed and didn't get stung!! #stoked #goodday #notallergicjustdobtlikeem #goldendiggerwasp

22 0 14 July, 2015

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Thread waisted wasps are absolutely remarkable and they are so fun to watch hunt. I’ve seen these guys carry off caterpillars 3 times their size! #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectsofig #insectagram #insecta #insectspecimens #insekt #bug #bugs #wasp #threadwaistedwasp #sphecidae #wasps #waspsofinstagram #goldendiggerwasp #entomology #entomologist #entomologia #entomologie #bughunt #bughunting #specimen #insectpinning #buglife

Thread waisted wasps are absolutely remarkable and they are so fun to watch hunt. I’ve seen these guys carry off caterpillars 3 times their size! #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectsofig #insectagram #insecta #insectspecimens #insekt #bug #bugs #wasp #threadwaistedwasp #sphecidae #wasps #waspsofinstagram #goldendiggerwasp #entomology #entomologist #entomologia #entomologie #bughunt #bughunting #specimen #insectpinning #buglife

294 8 25 January, 2019

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A gentle Great Golden Digger wasp visiting my new butterfly bush. 
#insects #wasp #solitarywasp #goldendiggerwasp #butterflybush #closeup #backyardbugs #sphexichneumoneus

A gentle Great Golden Digger wasp visiting my new butterfly bush.
#insects #wasp #solitarywasp #goldendiggerwasp #butterflybush #closeup #backyardbugs #sphexichneumoneus

45 0 1 August, 2018
🇪🇸 Otra avispa de la familia sphecidae. Similar, pero no igual. 🇺🇸 Another wasp of the sphecidae family. Looks like, but it's not the same

#sphexfunerarius  #sphexrufocinctus #Sphexmaxillosus #avispaexcavadora  #avispa #goldendiggerwasp  #diggerwasp #wasp  #hymenoptera  #sphecidae_family  #insectosdeespaña
#insectos #insects #avila  #insectsofspain  #entomologia #entomology
#wildlife #wildlifeSpain #nikon #nikond3400

🇪🇸 Otra avispa de la familia sphecidae. Similar, pero no igual. 🇺🇸 Another wasp of the sphecidae family. Looks like, but it's not the same

#sphexfunerarius #sphexrufocinctus #Sphexmaxillosus #avispaexcavadora #avispa #goldendiggerwasp #diggerwasp #wasp #hymenoptera #sphecidae_family #insectosdeespaña
#insectos #insects #avila #insectsofspain #entomologia #entomology
#wildlife #wildlifeSpain #nikon #nikond3400

24 0 8 hours ago
We have a zillion of these dudes all over the herb garden the past 2 weeks.  Golden Digger Wasps, according to one of my gardening groups and non-aggressive, which seems to be true since they let me very close with no signs of attack.  Despite (or because of?) the drought, we have so many pollinators this year and they all LOVE the mint and catnip blooms.

#pollinatorgarden #pollinators #gardening #pnwgardening #mint #flowers #beneficialinsects #goldendiggerwasp #beessavetheworld

We have a zillion of these dudes all over the herb garden the past 2 weeks. Golden Digger Wasps, according to one of my gardening groups and non-aggressive, which seems to be true since they let me very close with no signs of attack. Despite (or because of?) the drought, we have so many pollinators this year and they all LOVE the mint and catnip blooms.

#pollinatorgarden #pollinators #gardening #pnwgardening #mint #flowers #beneficialinsects #goldendiggerwasp #beessavetheworld

17 0 2 August, 2018

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These wasps are so large I have to admit I was more nervous than usual getting close to them. The great golden digger wasp (Family Sphecidae, Sphex ichneumoneus) is native to North America. The female wasp stings a cricket in such a way as to paralyze but not kill it. She drags the cricket into the burrow, lays her eggs alongside, closes the burrow, and the grubs eat the paralyzed cricket (which hasn’t decayed). #hymenoptera #sphex #goldendiggerwasp #sphexichneumoneus #natureuscreepyandbeautiful #entomology #bugsr4girls #bugsrock #natureismetal

These wasps are so large I have to admit I was more nervous than usual getting close to them. The great golden digger wasp (Family Sphecidae, Sphex ichneumoneus) is native to North America. The female wasp stings a cricket in such a way as to paralyze but not kill it. She drags the cricket into the burrow, lays her eggs alongside, closes the burrow, and the grubs eat the paralyzed cricket (which hasn’t decayed). #hymenoptera #sphex #goldendiggerwasp #sphexichneumoneus #natureuscreepyandbeautiful #entomology #bugsr4girls #bugsrock #natureismetal

28 4 2 July, 2018
Horrible #waspsting I received in #muirgrove #sequoianationalpark those little bastards hurt like hell! #diggerwasp #goldendiggerwasp

Horrible #waspsting I received in #muirgrove #sequoianationalpark those little bastards hurt like hell! #diggerwasp #goldendiggerwasp

12 7 13 August, 2018
Life on the Moon....🥕. Sphex ichneumoneus and Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

Life on the Moon....🥕. Sphex ichneumoneus and Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

204 6 15 September, 2018