Grass-carrying Wasp   (four photos)
 
Isodontia mexicana


Isodontia mexicana in
            Taylorsville Utah
What I adore about this photo is the wasp's soft fuzziness
and its large almond-shaped black eyes. Its wings are
a little ta
ttered but they don't detract from the loveliness. 
© Carol Davis, Taylorsville, Salt Lake County, Utah 7-30-2020


isodontia wasp
I love these these male wasps who feel like
they
have to defend my Hydrangea Bush from
other
wasps. They are very diligent in their
 endeavors - this one is just daring someone
to fly by. 
© Carol Davis 8-9-2018

black wasp with a touch of red on the abdomen
These male beautiful black thread-waisted wasps have taken
over where my Tachytes wasps left off. They have been

guarding the hydrangea in my yard in Taylorsville, Utah
ever since the Tachytes left.  © Carol Davis 7-28-2015


Isodontia wasp
If you look closely you can see just a dab of red on the thin part
of the abdomen. I have seen other references on the internet
to wasps with a similar marking. Bugguide hasn't classified this
one of mine yet but I'm hoping it turns out to the Isodontia mexicana.
They are as feisty as the Tachytes when it comes to guarding the flowers. 
You can watch a neat video on nesting Grass-carrying Wasps at
 Dick Walton's site.  © Carol Davis 7-28-2015

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