This very large
Spider Wasp (Pompilidae) was taking nectar on cultivated Clethra
. A tough family, but seems like somebody might recognize it given the bright orange antennae and the large size (25-30 mm, estimated).
It reminds me of a Pepsis
, and Pepsis elegans
is apparently recorded from North Carolina
. Descriptions I've seen of that species mention orange wings, which this does not have. Of course, there are lots of other genera in the family.
(That's the verdict--see discussion.)
I like the name "Elegant Tarantula Hawk", even if this does not prey on tarantulas--that is a well-known common name for Pepsis