Wasps are one of the most feared members of the insect world. They can sting us just like bees, but they're skinny and menacing, whereas bees are plump and slow and make honey. It's silly really, in fact many don't sting at all and they're no more of a threat to us humans than any of the other insects. What most people don't realize is many of them feed on nectar and are wonderful pollinators. Just like bees, many have incredibly sophisticated social skills, next time you find a paper wasp nest watch them for a little while and notice their subtle communication maneuvers.
Here's a sampling of wasps we've seen recently:
Digger Wasp (Scolia dubia)
Eremnophila aureonotata, the only species in its genus in North America, no common name known
Double Banded Scoliid (Scolia bicinta) needs a more creative name
Beewolf (Philanthus sp.) not Beowolf
Beewolf (Philanthus sp.)
No mention of wasps would be complete without the Ichneumon Wasp
This is a video taken with Jeff's iPhone of a bunch of wasps on some Rudbeckia over at Dean, they seem to really love this plant, along with the bees. Not the greatest video quality, but hopefully you get the idea.