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Old 07-23-2017, 05:53 PM   #1
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While continuing to attack a pile of gritty dirt I got for a project or two, I happened to see this wasp. At first I thought it was checking out a hole in the sand...but, soon enough, I realized it was digging the hole itself.

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After taking several pictures, I went back to what I was doing. Returned later to see that it had closed up the hole. I hate to think about the possibility that it laid eggs in something for its eggs to parasitize...but still an awesome thing to witness.

Also, seems that I'm getting more biodiversity coming to my property.
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We were just talking about nesting sites in Bringing Back Bumble Bees and you've a lovely dirt pile making headlines with the wasps.
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Good pictures of the Digger wasp in action.
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Thanks, ladies.

I'll check out the other thread, havalotta.

And thank you for the I.D., Gloria.
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We were just talking about nesting sites in Bringing Back Bumble Bees and you've a lovely dirt pile making headlines with the wasps.
Hmm...I went to look for "Bringing Back Bumble Bees"...i don't see it in any recent threads.

I have notice, since my return, that there is only one page of threads. There used to be pages of threads to go through...and, I can't seem to search anymore --from my smartphone.
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In biodiversity.
Recovery:Bringing Back Bumble Bees.

As for ID it is digging , it is a wasp, lol. But there are a couple with black legs and red abdomen.

Digger wasp with blue-black head and thorax and orange-red abdomen--Tachysphex? - BugGuide.Net

or

Scolia dubia
Scolia ardens

https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2006/07/07/digger-wasp/
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Thanks for the links and the laugh, Gloria.
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What was the name of the bumble bee we were all in search of a few years back? Took photos of one yesterday wondering if by chance I lucked out and found a rare one. It wasn't one of the norm.
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Afinis?
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Afinis?
Yes, Bombus affinis - the rusty patched bumble bee.

https://xerces.org/rusty-patched-bumble-bee/
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