Saturday, August 30, 2008

Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

The day was windy, which didn't help with keeping the camera in focus. Also, Great Golden Digger Wasps tend to be very active insects, making them difficult to photograph under the best of conditions. Nevertheless, this wasp was not only well aware of my presence, but there were times when it seemed it was posing for the camera.

The Great Golden Digger Wasp comes by its name honestly. The Paper Wasp wanted to dispute which of the two had claim to the goldenrod and makes a convenient scale with which to judge the size of Sphex ichneumoneus.

And this, of course, is THE END ...