Adults drink flower nectar and can be found roaming over the ground in arid and semi-arid regions. They are active during the day and can sting in defense if threatened, but they are not considered aggressive.
Details of the:
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Thread-Waisted Wasp
Scientific Name: Ammophila spp.
Other Names: Sand Wasp
Size (Adult, Length): 18mm to 25mm (0.71in to 0.98in)
Identifying Colors: black, red, orange
Additional Descriptors: digging, skinny, needle, waist, flying, stinging
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Colorado; Nevada; New Mexico; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Mexico
* Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.