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Wasp - Isodontia? - Isodontia mexicana

Wasp - Isodontia? - Isodontia mexicana
Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 24, 2005
Size: 1.75cm
Found this poor little wasp baking on a small paved area in my back yard this afternoon (97'F!). Thought it was dead but I did detect a very small amount of movement in the lower body. The purple iridescence of the wings caught my eye, it was spectacular in the shade, but from what I read here it is fairly common among the wasps. The closest match I can find here is a Sphecid wasp, genus Isodontia.



Moved from Isodontia apicalis.

Very good! This is indeed a grass-carrier wasp, probably Isodontia apicalis.

the red catalog lists this species northeast
only to NJ

Do you know of confirmed records for NY or New England?

I don't know of any.

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