Pollen Wasp  (four photos)
Species Pseudomasaris vespoides


Pseudomasaris vespoides
To see these rather large wasps crawling inside Penstemon is quite a treat. 
Wasatch County seems to be a great place to find them.
Carol Davis 7-23-2017

pollen wasp
According to Bugguide, adults feed on nectar and collect pollen for their larvae. 
They really couldn't care less what you are doing so watching them is a pretty
 safe activity for a summer afternoon.  Below are more
photos taken a
few years earlier at Strawberry Reservoir. Carol Davis 7-23-2017


Pseudomasaris vespoides in Penstemon
This seems to be the favorite flower of the beautiful Pollen Wasp shown below. They climb down
in
side the flower and they don't leave for a long time. I went back later at dusk and they were
 actually sleeping in there. I guess that
's the only way to keep someone else from stealing your
 stash. These were above Strawberry Reservoir along the roadside. 
Carol Davis, 6-22-2012

Pseudomasaris vespoides
I found this beautiful wasp in the mountains above Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch
 County, Utah. Notice  the orange clubbed antennae - that's what made me stop and look
more closely at this black and yellow wasp. Normally when I see black and yellow I
think "yellow jacket" or "paper wasp" (yikes!).  The USDA Forest Service site
has a wonderful article about these docile wasps.  Carol Davis, 7-25-2011

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