Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

Female Carrot Wasp – Gasteruption on buckwheat

I spied something large and long flitting around the buckwheat. When it hovered for a bit my first thought was dragonfly because of the long body but when I got a good look at the head, it looked more like a wasp. I was finally able to ID it as a female Carrot Wasp – Gasteruption. Fascinating critter.

Black spider wasp on rosy buckwheat

I haven’t been able to get a detailed on this beauty but it’s a spider wasp who comes by at least once a day to feast on the rosy buckwheat.

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