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Photo#70175
Ferruginous Spider Wasp - Tachypompilus ferrugineus - female

Ferruginous Spider Wasp - Tachypompilus ferrugineus - Female
Essex, Ontario, Canada
August 5, 2006
Size: About 18 mm
Believe this is a female. She burrowed two holes, side by side, under a limestone walkway slab. The only flowers I saw her nectar on were mints - Horsemint (Monarda punctata) and Virginia Mountainmint (Pycnanthemum virginanum).

Moved

No doubt...
a female. You said you saw her dig two holes...did you see her with prey?

 
Not a chance.
It took me three days just to get her at the flowers. Extremely shy. She's still around. I saw her in the grass today, walking around - looking for spiders, I'm sure. What a beauty! I'll try to keep tabs on her this weekend, see what turns up.

 
Tachy
Very difficult wasps to photograph. They are completely aware of the camera and the photographer, until they have a kill. Then they are aware but are overwhelmed by the urges and you can shoot them. One of my favorite wasps though. Along with Poecilopompilus.