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About 12-14 mm in body length, colored as shown; greatly resembles a paper wasp at first glance.
Wasp was taking nectar from a lone, blooming salt cedar tree (Tamarix sp.) in degraded shortgrass prairie habitat with yucca, prickly-pear cacti, and scattered elm trees.
Spotted on Jul 26, 2014
Submitted on Jul 28, 2014