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Cindy,looks like you are correct. I saw an identical image in the link i have provided and this is a mason wasp of the Euodynerus sp.
Well you may not get a species but hopefully a genus. I'm sure you've seen some spottings that are ID'd with less details. Stay hopeful :)
not the greatest picture for ID!
I don't see red antennae on yours nor the jagged edges on the stripes on the abdomen. Hopefully someone else can jump in with their thoughts. :)
I will check your link , Thanks!Any possibility it is an european paper wasp? Polistes dominula. This seems to have a little more yellow in the thorax.
I just saw your comment. Thank you. Of course I'm not always right! Please feel free to disagree. I seem to learn better that way anyway :)
OK, I think it's a species of Euodynerus. Take a look at this link and see if you agree. Unfortunately those that I feel have similar markings don't have a species assigned but you saw it in person and may remember something. http://bugguide.net/node/view/6813/bgima...
Thanks for looking at it. I really look forward to your feed back . You do have great ID skills!In the meantime i will change it to unknown.
I don't believe this is Vespula as the only recorded species in California is the Western Yellowjacket which has a distinct pattern on the abdomen. This looks like a type of Potter Wasp. I'm unsure which genus as there are a couple with similar markings but I'll keep looking.
Thnx for the ID Smutnee!
Lat: 36.70, Long: -118.76
Spotted on Jun 16, 2012 Submitted on Jun 16, 2012