While following the butterflies around the yard, I spotted this big, unusual looking wasp on my bottlebrush. It’s amazing how many different kinds of wasps can be found there…along with the honeybees and butterflies.
After getting a picture, I immediately checked www.BugGuide.net. I am pretty sure it is a Great Golden Digger Wasp. A predator wasp. Very beneficial for gardens. This one didn’t look exactly like the one in their photo.
It buzzed me a few times but didn’t try to sting or anything. I’ll be watching for it from now on. My bottlebrush had 3 kinds of butterflies, at least 3 kinds of wasps, honeybees and the Amberwing Dragonfly….all at the same time. It was really humming.