Giant Australian potter wasp
I work in pest control and mosquito control, recently I think I saw a Giant Australian potter wasp while spraying for mosquitoes in Waterford ,Mi. Is there any species native to Michigan that look like that? I have been in pest control for about 8 years and have never seen anything remotely similar.
Genesee County Michigan
There are a few species of solitary wasps that are nearly an inch long. You might have seen the great golden digger wasp. These nest in sand and gravel and bring Katydids and grasshoppers to their nests. Though large, this and other solitary wasps are unlikely to bother humans and should be left alone.
Close but the black was a stripe and the body wasn’t so tapered. It wasn’t the golden dagger. I got a really good look at it from about two foot away. I tried to get a pic but it flew off. Is there any others that closely resemble the Giant Australian potter?
The wasp is most likely in the insect families of Vespidae or Sphecidae. Without a photo, I cannot identify it. You may have success searching on bugguide.net. If you find the wasp again and are able to get a picture, feel free to attach it.