Digger Wasp (Sphex habenus)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Sphecidae
Genus: Sphex
Species: habenus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Marion, Arkansas
Hancock, Minnesota

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On Aug 1, 2008, Sunnie2008 from Hancock, MN wrote:

We have a large rock garden in front of our house,we would like to remove the rock.But it is full of these wasps,I mean lots of them.When ever i attempt to go close,they chase me away.Any ideas how to get rid of them so i can go about my job>Even though i hate to ,but i am afraid of them??

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On Sep 2, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Digger Wasps are good insects to have in the garden. This specific species preys on grasshoppers, crickets and cockroaches.

It digs a burrow where it deposits several insects along with it's eggs. The developing larvae then feed on the captured insects.

Common across North America, many Digger Wasp species are quite common.