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Extension > Garden > Diagnose a problem > What insect is this? > General/curiosity insects > Insects with obvious wings: ¾ - 1 inch long > Great golden digger wasp

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Great golden digger wasp

Sphex ichneumoneus

Aster leafhopper

Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org

Aster leafhopper

David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org


Size: 1 inch long

Description: Black head and thorax are covered with short golden hair; the abdomen is reddish-orange and black; the legs are reddish-orange.

Where/When: Commonly found on flowers in gardens, fields, and prairies, especially near sandy areas; found throughout the summer months.

Significance: Does not harm people or property

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