A robust sphecid, frequent on flowers and very active. Head and thorax have golden hair. Abdomen black with orange/red on first segment.
southern Canada (transcontinental) to the neotropics
Fields, meadows, with sandy areas nearby
Jun-Oct in NC(2)
, Aug-Oct in KS, Jul-Aug further north. As early as April in FL.
Feeds its young on various types of Orthoptera
Female digs burrow almost vertically. Cells are dug radiating out from central tunnel. Larvae are provisioned with crickets, camel crickets, katydids (long-horned grasshoppers). One paralyzed prey is placed in each cell, and one egg is laid on it. One generation per year.