Entomology (Study of Bugs)/What insect is this

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Have lots of these little guys all over my swamp milk weed. What I found most odd was parts of him / her are fuzzy like a bee. We live in Omaha NE USA. Thank you.

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Hi, Lisa:

Thank you for sharing the wonderful images of a....drum roll please....

Female "Great Golden Digger" wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus .  I wrote a blog post about this species awhile back:

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2011/01/wasp-wednesday-great-golden-digger.html

I remember seeing them at the Henry Doorly Zoo in their butterfly garden when I was there at about this time last year.

Thanks so much for sharing your observations :-)

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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