Thread-waisted Wasp
"Grass-carrying Wasp"
Isodontia elegans


isodontia elegans
I was surprised today to find this gorgeous wasp in my yard crawling in and out
of hydrangea blossoms - hence the mangled antennae, I think. 
I've only seen one
other wasp like this before - both in Salt Lake County.  Carol Davis 8-12-2016


grass-carrying wasp
It took a moment to check out the photographer. This was a gorgeous hunk
of wasp.  Below is a photo of the first one I ever saw.  Carol Davis 8-12-201
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isodontia elegans
Isodontia get the name "grass-carrying wasps" because they have been been seen carrying grass back
to their nests.  They also carry other insects back to their nests to feed the larvae when they hatch.  Adult
Isodontia elegans feed on the joy they get from scaring Spheksophobics (people who are afraid of wasps)
 and they also enjoying feeding on nectar. Actually, this wasp I found in Red Butte Gardens was beautiful,
non-aggressive and very elegant (hence, the name)!  Carol Davis, 8-29-2011


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