Genus Sphecius grandis
This is one of those insects that would send an
Apiphobic into cardiac arrest. It is huge!! I can't
the word "huge" enough. I thought these were hummingbird moths
when I saw them because of their size.
I couldn't help but stare at the thickness of the abdomen on
these things and imagine how badly it
would hurt to be stung by one, but I just kept on taking pictures
anyway. I wish I had taken more.
They reminded me of digger wasps so I thought maybe I could get up
close to them and they wouldn't freak out.
I did, and they didn't. This one was so docile--I just followed it
around. In fact, it almost climbed on my camera
because it moved so quickly from one flower to another.
They are not normally aggressive wasps but they are
so large they scare people into having them eradicated from their
property. They do, in fact, kill cicadas
and you can read more about them here on
the University of Kentucky site. This is the first time I have
ever seen them at Bear River MBR. I must have picked the
right day. © Carol Davis, 7-12-2009
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