We have very high winds in Texas yesterday and today and the wind blew one of these into my arm and it stung me! I now have a very large (5" by 3"), red warm reaction on my arm to this creature! It hurt bad, immediately like I have never felt from a sting before!
The venom is a paralytic. It isn't designed to kill the prey, but to paralyze it.
Yes, they do sting, but are generally non-aggressive. I'm not sure about treatment, but if it were me, I'd take Benedryl. I have sensitivity to insect bites and stings, but not the type that requires an epi-pen. Benedryl has been prescribed to me since I was a child. Ice can help too.
That was a good guess, Melody. Benedryl would be the usual thing a doctor would prescribe. You can also take Aleve for the pain. These solitary digger wasps do pack a wallop. I'll take a hornet sting over them any day. I have done the experiment of moving her prey away from the hole. It is kind of amusing, right up to the point when she decides you are trying to steal her prey. Then she stings you and you decide you won't do that anymore. Anyway. this was a great article, just like all of your articles. Thank you and keep them coming.