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July 20, 2012

Do Wasps Have Free Will?

 
We found a new wasp species in the North Campus. The Great Golden Digger Wasp, Sphex ichneumoneous, is an impressively large (approximately one inch long), and active solitary wasp. Although many see a wasp this large and brightly coloredthe orange and black combo usually tells us to "stay away"this wasp is not aggressive and is very rarely observed stinging. Solitary Hymenopterous insects (those in the order Hymenoptera, aka bees and wasps) are not prone to stinging the same way social species are. This is because they don't have a hive to protect.  
 
Great Golden Digger Wasp feeding on milkweed nectar
 
The Great Golden Digger Wasp is actually a beneficial insect in our gardens. Here's how:...