Thread-waisted Wasp  (four photos)
"Cutworm Wasp"
Genus Podalonia

hairy black thread-waisted wasp
A bunch of these black wasps showed up while I was photographing around Pine Valley
 Reservoir in
Washington County, Utah.  They were just about the hairiest wasps I've ever
 seen in their size range.  © Carol Davis 9-20-2015

black hairy wasp
These little black hairy wasps really interest me. The head and
thorax are very hairy and the abdomen not.  I imagine when they're
digging nests, those hairs can get pretty dirty. © Carol Davis 9-20-2015

wasp compared to tachnid fly
This photo shows a size comparison between a large Tachnid Fly and these wasps.  © Carol Davis 9-20-2015

thread-waisted wasp and a potter wasp
This Thread-waisted Wasp was fascinated with a tiny striped Potter Wasp and kept following it
around and checking on it every now and again. There's quite a size difference between these
two - the black one is a Specid wasp and the other is a Vespid wasp. Colorado State has a web
article that helps explain the difference between the two families of wasps. © Carol Davis 9-20-2015

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