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Some key ID features: 6 yellow bands on abdomen, the thorax has yellow spots only on the side and bottom - none on top, silvery metallic eyes and it's antennae are yellow at the base and black on the tips - most other wasp are not like that.
Spotted in backyard.
These are a very interesting wasp - they use scents to mark their territories, the female bite and inject a paralyzing agent into weevils and small beetles then carry it back to the hive to feed the larvae as they hatch.
Spotted on Aug 4, 2017
Submitted on Aug 6, 2017