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Sand Wasp

Microbembex monodonta


Beaches, dunes, sandy soil


There are a lot of these always flying around the dunes of Key Biscayne. I never had gotten a good look at them as they are quite restless. I thought they may be a kind of fly, but turned out to be a small wasp. The markings are very faint yellow almost white and blend well with the sand color. In the second photo it is hovering over a hole that may be its nest or perhaps a neighbor. It landed near it on photo 3 and made a few digging motions before flying again. The area were it was digging looked like a mine field of Sand Burrs.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Nice series and description; cool that you were able to photograph it.

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Spotted on Jul 29, 2014
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