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Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

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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Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

Another shot of a different one.

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Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

and one of the many many holes they are making

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Garland, TX(Zone 8a)

Looks like one of many beneficial wasps to me.

Bridgewater, MA(Zone 6b)

Wasp from the genus Sphex.

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

Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

Thanks Greg, that was fast. Harmful? Beneficial?

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

lol, at least it is a confirmation

Bridgewater, MA(Zone 6b)

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.

This message was edited Jun 28, 2006 11:19 PM

Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

Thanks all.

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