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Photo#136183
A cool wasp - Sphex nudus - male

A cool wasp - Sphex nudus - Male
slightly south of Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
August 12, 2007
Size: Decent
I am at a loss identifying this neat wasp. I have some poor quality shots that show more of the wings, which are black and somewhat transparent. I guess this is a solitary lady out on a mission, but I would like to know more.

Update -- Thanks to Richard Vernier, I now know it's a male.

Looks like
Eremnophila aureonotata -- except for the coloring of the legs. In the ones I have in my yard, their legs are all black. So....not sure.

 
The similarity at least got m
The similarity at least got me looking in the right section of the guide. Perhaps the Katydid Wasp?

 
Yes - Sphex nudus
A superb close-up of a male's face. A female would have "tarsal combs" on the forelegs, and stronger mandibles.

 
Thanks
For the confirmation and the compliment. I'll move the image.

 
Looks like it
to me! Haven't seen those (yet) in Maine.

 
There's hardly any chance...
You'll ever see a Sphex nudus in Maine, despite so-called "global warming". That's a South-Eastern species whose Northernmost records are in Westerrn Virginia and Maryland.

 
and Ohio.
I found this species to be at least as common, if not moreso, as the great golden digger, S. ichneumoneus in Cincinnati. Females, by the way, have golden faces, the males silver as seen here.

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