This Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) was trying to set-up nests on my front walkway. It had 5 holes dug already. I was able to get a video of it. This is one pretty creature and aptly named too!

Rick Stankiewicz, Keene

Note: The Great Golden Digger Wasp is a benign, gentle wasp currently being studied by scientists for its behavioral responses.  (from

Golden Digger Wasp – August 11, 2017 – Rick Stankiewicz

Golden Digger Wasp 2 – August 11, 2017 – Rick Stankiewicz

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.