Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events

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.

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.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.