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Wasp, Hornets & Sawflies

The following is a gallery of wasp, hornet and sawfly photos taken over the past few years. If you're interested in seeing my most recent photos, writing or other work, please visit my nature blog, Burning Silo.

PLEASE NOTE!! I DO NOT GIVE ADVICE ON KILLING INSECTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get a lot of questions from people asking if I can identify various hornets and bees. It's pretty much impossible for me to identify insects without good photos, and it takes time to do an ID. Also, the species in one area of the country are different than those in another. I live in Canada, so I don't really know what insects someone in Texas or South Carolina, or California might see. Anyhow, if you are trying to identify an insect, you can look through my galleries, or read through the many descriptions of insects in questions below to see what I've written in reply. These days, I'm pretty busy, so I just don't have time to reply individually to your questions. One last tip -- I get A LOT of questions about a kind of large wasp called a Cicada Killer that makes holes in the ground. If you've seen something like that, try doing a Google image search of Cicada Killer and that might be what you've seen.



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Great Black Wasp -- Sphex pennsylvanicus
Great Black Wasp -- Sphex pennsylvanicus
Great Black Wasp  --  Sphex pennsylvanicus
Great Black Wasp -- Sphex pennsylvanicus
Megarhyssa macrurus female. - 1 -- inspecting tree looking for place to deposit eggs
Megarhyssa macrurus female. - 1 -- inspecting tree looking for place to deposit eggs
Megarhyssa macrurus female. - 2 -- inspecting tree looking for place to deposit eggs
Megarhyssa macrurus female. - 2 -- inspecting tree looking for place to deposit eggs
Megarhyssa macrurus female. - 3 -- depositing eggs into willow tree
Megarhyssa macrurus female. - 3 -- depositing eggs into willow tree
Pelecinid polyturator
Pelecinid polyturator
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) (?)  larva feeding on sumac
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) (?) larva feeding on sumac
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) - Argidae.
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) - Argidae.
Sawfly larvae on Red oak leaf - 1
Sawfly larvae on Red oak leaf - 1
Sawfly larvae on Red oak leaf - 2
Sawfly larvae on Red oak leaf - 2
Sawfly cocoon (hatched out)
Sawfly cocoon (hatched out)
ant?
ant?
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whatzit-2.jpg
Sphecidae:  Ammophila spp. (?) -- Thread-waisted wasp
Sphecidae: Ammophila spp. (?) -- Thread-waisted wasp
red  ichneumon   --  no I.D.
red ichneumon -- no I.D.
Ichneumon (giant black)
Ichneumon (giant black)
Paper wasp - (Polistes fuscatus?) - 1
Paper wasp - (Polistes fuscatus?) - 1
Paper wasp - (Polistes fuscatus?) - 2
Paper wasp - (Polistes fuscatus?) - 2
small Male mason wasp (hooked antennae), probably Euodynerus sp.  on goldenrod at Elphin road (no ID)
small Male mason wasp (hooked antennae), probably Euodynerus sp. on goldenrod at Elphin road (no ID)
Beewolf - probably Philanthus lepidus - male
Beewolf - probably Philanthus lepidus - male
Bald-faced hornet  --  Dolichovespula maculata
Bald-faced hornet -- Dolichovespula maculata
Bald-faced hornet -- Dolichovespula maculata
Bald-faced hornet -- Dolichovespula maculata
Paper wasp - (Polistes fuscatus?) - 3
Paper wasp - (Polistes fuscatus?) - 3
Arge ochropa (Gmelin) (Argidae) larvae -- a species of Sawfly -- on rose leaf
Arge ochropa (Gmelin) (Argidae) larvae -- a species of Sawfly -- on rose leaf
no I.D.
no I.D.
Winged ants, female left, male right, probably Formica sp.
Winged ants, female left, male right, probably Formica sp.
Mating pair of ants, male below, female above, probably Formica sp.
Mating pair of ants, male below, female above, probably Formica sp.
Winged female (queen) ant, probably Formica sp.
Winged female (queen) ant, probably Formica sp.
Winged female (queen) ant, probably Formica sp.
Winged female (queen) ant, probably Formica sp.
Mason wasp, probably Symmorphus sp.
Mason wasp, probably Symmorphus sp.
Mason wasp, probably Symmorphus sp., family Vespidae (subfamily Eumeninae)
Mason wasp, probably Symmorphus sp., family Vespidae (subfamily Eumeninae)
Ichneumon -- probably a male Arotes sp
Ichneumon -- probably a male Arotes sp
Ichneumon -- probably a male Arotes sp
Ichneumon -- probably a male Arotes sp
Mason wasp --  (probably a species of Ancistrocerus)
Mason wasp -- (probably a species of Ancistrocerus)
Sandhills Hornet -- Vespula arenaria -- male
Sandhills Hornet -- Vespula arenaria -- male
Tenthredo basilaris Say - Tenthredinidae - sawfly
Tenthredo basilaris Say - Tenthredinidae - sawfly
Mason wasp, probably Ancistrocerus antilope
Mason wasp, probably Ancistrocerus antilope
A worker blackjacket  --  Vespula consobrina
A worker "blackjacket" -- Vespula consobrina
Arge coccinea (Argidae) sawfly - view 1
Arge coccinea (Argidae) sawfly - view 1
Arge coccinea (Argidae) sawfly - view 2
Arge coccinea (Argidae) sawfly - view 2
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) (Argidae) sawfly - view 3
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) (Argidae) sawfly - view 3
Willow leaf galls of Pontania sp. - Tenthredinidae sawflly
Willow leaf galls of Pontania sp. - Tenthredinidae sawflly
Vespa crabro (European Hornet) killing a honeybee
Vespa crabro (European Hornet) killing a honeybee
Vespa crabro (European Hornet) killing a honeybee
Vespa crabro (European Hornet) killing a honeybee
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) - Argidae
Arge coccinea (Fabricius) - Argidae
Arge humeralis (Beauvois) - Argidae. A male. Larvae feed on poison ivy.
Arge humeralis (Beauvois) - Argidae. A male. Larvae feed on poison ivy.
Arge humeralis (Beauvois) - Argidae A male.
Arge humeralis (Beauvois) - Argidae A male.
a bee wolf wasp in the genus Philanthus, family Sphecidae.
a "bee wolf" wasp in the genus Philanthus, family Sphecidae.
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wasp-type-1.jpg
Arge ochropa -- sawfly ovipositing into cuts made in rose stem
Arge ochropa -- sawfly ovipositing into cuts made in rose stem
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