Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
Jessica Lawrence, Eurofins Agroscience Services, Bugwood.org
Size: 1 - 1 1/2 inches long
Description: Black and reddish brown thorax, amber colored wings, reddish brown legs, and a black abdomen with yellow bands.
Where/When: Prefers to nest in open, sandy, sunny areas. Active July and August.
Significance: They are primarily a nuisance. Females can sting but rarely do; males are aggressive but cannot sting. They don't harm turf, although its burrows can be annoying.