Sand Wasp   (five photos)
Genus Steniolia


sand wasp steniolia
Curlycup Gumweed is a "noxious weed" in Utah but the
pollinators think it's the best. This year the flowers were just
covered in bees, flies, wasps, moths, butterflies and other
 insects
on Antelope Island.  © Carol Davis 8-16-2017

green sand wasp
I think we have to put up with the weeds in order to save
these spectacular Sand Wasps and other pollinators.
They love these flowers.  © Carol Davis 8-16-2017


steniola sand wasp
This Steniolia sand wasp was digging a hole for its nest on
Antelope Island. It didn't stand for me
watching it for
long and flew off.  The next photo shows one of these at
Red Butte Garden. © Carol Davis 7-1-2014


steniola sand wasp
I found this beautiful sand wasp at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah. I only got one shot
because those big green eyes don't miss much so the wasp spooked and took off. Below is another species
 of a Steniolia sand wasp.  These beauties provision their nests with flies, according to the book "Bees,
Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens" by Eric Grissell. You can read an
 excerpt here on Google or just purchase the book somewhere (which I just did).
© Carol Davis 8-6-2010

sand wasp
This is also a Steniolia wasp but probably not the same species
as the one above. It was also at Red Butte Garden, but I found
 it a year later.  These wasps have stunningly beautiful
 
patterns on their abdomens and could be mistaken
 by us novices for some other kind of wasp
, like a
yellowjacket or paper wasp.   © Carol Davis 8-12-2011


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