Sand Wasp   (three photos)
Genus Steniolia

steniola sand wasp
This Steniolia sand wasp was digging a hold 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 not the same species as the one at the top of the page. 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.  Whenever I used to see a bright yellow and black wasp I would
move away quickly as to avoid any aggressive, wacky encounters.  Now I approach with caution
ready to run away screaming with arms flailing. © Carol Davis 8-12-2011

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