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Paper wasp? - Poecilopompilus interruptus

Paper wasp? - Poecilopompilus interruptus
Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
August 5, 2006
Nectaring on Pycnanthemum (Mountain-mint) virginianum (?). Very quick and didn't like observation. The slightest movement and it would leave the entire group of plants.


for the confirmation. After Martin's comment my search had led me to the same ID but the variation within the species is considerable.

It looks like a pompylid: Poe
It looks like a pompylid: Poecilopompilus interruptus

Awesome Pompilidae! It really
Awesome Pompilidae! It really looks like some Polistes wasp, but it is clearly a Pompilidae (I guess our Pompilid guy won't have a problem giving a species name). It is strange that the Pompilid tries to look like a Polistes, cause the Pompilid sting is much worse than a Polistes sting...