Sand Wasp  (three photos)
Family Crabronidae
Genus
Hoplisoides

gorytina sand wasp
This is just another example of the beautiful wasps you can find on Antelope Island.  It was
hunting for food on a sunflower.  © Carol Davis 7-30-2013


sand wasp
This first photo was taken in the shade so the colors aren't true but it gives the over all design
of the wasp.  The only thing I could find on these wasps (
Hoplisoides) are that they nest in sandy soil
and prey upon Hemiptera such as leafhoppers, aphids, cicadas, etc.© Carol Davis, 7-30-2013


gorytina sand wasp
I love the big green eyes and the light yellow stripes next to them, which offset the orange-brown strip down
 the middle.
The wings are gorgeous with dark splotches.  The wasp was watching me the whole time I was
 photographing but didn't appear to be too concerned with my presence.
  © Carol Davis 7-30-2013


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