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Black and red wasp with large grub - Ammophila nigricans - female

Black and red wasp with large grub - Ammophila nigricans - Female
Lena Park, Starke County, Indiana, USA
July 2, 2017
This wasp (Sphecidae?) was dragging a very large grub over a log in an oak woods near a creek. She laid the grub down, removed a couple of objects blocking entrance to her nest (I assume) quickly pulled the grub down the hole, and then quickly gathered objects to close and (expertly) hide the opening. Though I had no opportunity to measure, I'd describe the wasp as medium large, and compare its appearance to Ammophila wasps I've seen in the area. I have no idea about the grub, it was considerably longer than the wasp.

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Black and red wasp with large grub - Ammophila nigricans - female Black and red wasp with large grub - Ammophila nigricans - female Black and red wasp with large grub - Ammophila nigricans - female

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thanks!
Thank you for reviewing my entry Bob. I'm cataloging information about this area on iNaturalist, and the expert knowledge from bugguide is invaluable.

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