Scene in Edmonds: Great Golden Digger Wasps

Since first noticing and identifying them a few years ago, I now look forward to seeing the impressive, beautiful, and unaggressive Great Golden Digger Wasps (Sphex ichneumoneus) each summer. They are solitary ground nesters. A bit skittish, so a challenge to photograph with a cellphone, however, even though holding the phone within a foot of them, they have not bothered me. These two photos also have a honeybee in them, showing relative size difference. The flower is elephant garlic that we grow as an ornamental.

— Photos and narrative by Danene Warnock

  1. Thank u – I have a bee friendly backyard my sign says so. But I have Not seen any Golden Digger wasps – ur picture is wonderful I tapped on it and it enlarged. We love watching all bees and birds.

  2. These wasps can be seen at the Edmonds marsh in foliage around the boardwalk and the western-most viewing platform.

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