Great Golden Digger Wasp – 7/20/15

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/20/15

Observation Time: 5:10 p.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Great Golden Digger Wasp

Scientific Name: Sphex ichnumoneus

Comments: Sphex ichnumoneus is a species of solitary wasp, commonly known as the Great Golden Digger Wasp. This large and colorful wasp can frequently be found nectaring at flowers in late summer and fall. It makes burrows in bare ground or grassy places. As with most species of its genus, it specializes in hunting katydids and bush crickets.

More Information: Cape May Wildlife Guide