[CT Birds] Non-birding question

Boletebill boletebill at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 16 16:50:02 EDT 2012


the Golden Digger wasp, huge black and orabge is common seen in sandy areas where they are hunting spiders and other insects.
 
Bill Yule

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 From: David F Provencher <david.f.provencher at dom.com>
To: Scott Henckel <scott.henckel at snet.net>; "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Non-birding question
  
Scott I think it may be one of the species of Scoliid wasp. If we're talking of the same insect it is large, bulky, with many visible "hairs" on the thorax and abdomen (giving it a sort of "wooly bear" appearance), is largely black with vivid orange, and flies slowly and deliberately, searching close to the ground and at the base of weed and grass clumps. If some of our entomologically more knowledgeable members can't elucidate further I'll try and dig more up after work. They are commonly called "Digger" wasps, but that is a catch-all name really, used for a number of different wasps. They really grab your attention though don't they? Every time I see one it stops me in my tracks and I have to follow it around!

Dave

David Provencher
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