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Great golden digger wasp? - Sphex ichneumoneus

Great golden digger wasp? - Sphex ichneumoneus
Orange County, California, USA
Found on milkweed; others nearby on buckwheat.

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Great golden digger wasp? - Sphex ichneumoneus Great golden digger wasp? - Sphex ichneumoneus

Yes.
Western specimens have amber wings, eastern specimens darker wings.

 
Thanks, Eric
As in this photo, I'm always amazed at how wasps can look elegant and awkward at the same time.

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