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Medium-sized, very hairy wasp. Black, but half the abdomen red with two yellow spots. Wings black with bright blue or violet reflections.
Spotted several males nectaring on flowers in the butterfly garden at Starsmore Discovery Center. Elevation over 6,000 ft. Native habitat is mixed coniferous and deciduous woodland lining a riparian corridor.
These wasps are parasitic on the grubs of scarab beetles.
Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jan 10, 2013