Is this a Queen European Paper Wasp?
Found many wasps on a specific plant in my garden, a flowering sea holly. When I looked closer I saw this huge wasp that was over an inch long and I suspect it is a queen of some sort. Anyone have information on this species? I want the wasps gone from my yard but not the pollinating bees.
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From the picture, the wasp appears to be a Great Golden Digger Wasp (likely Sphex ichneumoneus- please note that it is not possible to guarantee the species without having the specimen in hand, and under a microscope. ). This is a beneficial wasp variety that preys upon grasshoppers and crickets, and is fairly common in North America.
They are a Solitary wasp species, meaning that they do not nest in a colony, and there are no queens. You can learn more about them here: