Small yellow and black wasp with green eyes. The thorax has black, vertical stripes where the abdomen has horizontal stripes. The wings are red and black. The antennae are yellow at the base and turn black mid-way through to the tips.
Muhly grass near orchard in backyard. This species is found in California.
"Greek phil 'lover' + anthus 'flower'. The common name "beewolf" refers to the habit of preying on bees. Females excavate cavities in soil to use as nests. Hunting sites include flowers, natural bee nests and apiaries." - BugGuide
Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.05
Spotted on Aug 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 3, 2012