Male Pigeon Horntail
Tremex columba

pigeon horntail
I certainly was not expecting to find this wasp in Wasatch County but it stood out like a sore thumb
in the yellow blooms of the rabbitbrush in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands.  © Carol Davis 8-23-2015

male Tremex columba
My first experience with this wasp was when the neighbor kids brought over a female they had found
in their
yard while spraying for paper wasps and yellowjackets. You can read about that experience here.
These wasps are beautiful and harmless, even though they scare the heck out of almost anyone
 who finds one. © Carol Davis 8-23-2015

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