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Wasp? Hornet? Bee? - Vespa crabro - male

Wasp? Hornet? Bee? - Vespa crabro - Male
Echo Beach/Cornwells , Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 12, 2012
Size: approx 1.5 inch long
Not sure if this is a wasp, hornet or bee, and after an hour of researching, I'm not even close to finding an ID. This specimen returned to this spot 3 days in a row. The color in the photo is pretty accurate, body and head dark reddish color with yellow/brown-yellow striping, and legs are reddish brown.

The area is river front, with muddy beach, and is a tidal area of the Delaware river, and plenty of local trees/shrubs.

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Wasp? Hornet? Bee? - Vespa crabro - male Wasp? Hornet? Bee? - Vespa crabro - male


Moved from ID Request.

Male Vespa crabro.

Ben, thank you for the ID.

Looks like Vespa crabro
With those antennae, maybe a male?

I saw that one
I looked at that species and the Cicada killer too... for V.c., i'm not sure the stripes are right...

Yours shows a bit more black...
...but I think the pattern is a pretty close match:

I'm not sure what else it could be at that size--but I'll be interested to see what others think.

Me too!
Aside from skimming through as many pages in the Bees, Wasps, Hornets, and Ants sections, I also looked through what I have in my Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America.

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