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Digger wasp (Philanthus)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

I'm pretty sure that this wasp is a Philanthus, a genus often called 'bee wolves' because the females catch and paralyze bees to provide food for their offspring.   These pictures include both females (with large rake-like forelegs) and males.   They were attending burrows in sandy soil near the Salton Sea in extreme southern California.

  • Canon 7D2; 100-400 IS zoom lens with extension tubes, fill-in flash (2011, 2016)