The incredibly thin 'waist' on this wasp led to its name.
Adults feed on flower nectar, but larvae are parasitic.
Females use their paralyzing sting to disable caterpillars and other insects. These unfortunate victims are then brought to an underground burrow (previously dug out by the female) to become food for the wasp's larva.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Common Thread Waisted Wasp
Scientific Name: Ammophila procera
Adult Size (Length): 16mm to 55mm (0.63in to 2.17in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana
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