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Digger Wasp (Sphex habenus)

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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Marion, Arkansas
Hancock, Minnesota

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Member Notes:

Positive melody 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.

Neutral Sunnie2008 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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