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gldandrews
Andrews, NC
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2006
2:26 AM

Post #2445496

Anyone know what bee/wasp this is. There are hundreds of them and each one makes a hole in the yard. So lots of holes in the yard. They about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long and the wing are metalic blackish/purple.

Thanks

Gary

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gldandrews
Andrews, NC
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2006
2:27 AM

Post #2445502

Another shot of a different one.

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gldandrews
Andrews, NC
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2006
2:28 AM

Post #2445505

and one of the many many holes they are making

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nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2006
3:01 AM

Post #2445690

Looks like one of many beneficial wasps to me.
gregr18
Bridgewater, MA
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2006
3:07 AM

Post #2445762

Wasp from the genus Sphex.

http://www.floridanature.org/species.asp?species=Sphex_ichneumoneus

gldandrews
Andrews, NC
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2006
3:10 AM

Post #2445779

Thanks Greg, that was fast. Harmful? Beneficial?
angele

June 29, 2006
3:16 AM

Post #2445805

Great Golden Digger Wasps, Sphex ichneumoneus
http://whatsthatbug.com/wasps.html
angele

June 29, 2006
3:17 AM

Post #2445811

lol, at least it is a confirmation
gregr18
Bridgewater, MA
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2006
3:17 AM

Post #2445812

They're beneficial. Here's a link I found that gives some good information about them:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2143.html

-Greg

Edited to say that these wasps are generally shy. I had said they were territorial before but I had read the wrong entry.

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gldandrews
Andrews, NC
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2006
3:20 AM

Post #2445827

Thanks all.

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