Great Black Wasp: Helpful Information, Sting & How to Get Rid Of Them

From the tiniest ants to the huge four-legged creatures, from the fascinating airborne birds to the water-dwelling beasts nature has everything for us. We do not just look at them but also appreciate the wonders of nature that make it look unique and fascinating. These animals, insects, and birds can be harmful or beneficial. The world of six or eight legged insects is extraordinarily unusual. These creatures that apparently seem too small have a world of their own. They can crawl, fly, or hop. They are abundantly seen living in the aquatic environment, in the air, and on the land. Not a single space on the globe is devoid of them. One such fascinating insect with two wings to fly is the great black wasp.

This category of bugs is biologically referred as the Sphex pensylvanicus. It belongs to the family of the digger wasp. These dark wasps are the most common creatures that are widely found across the North America. It has the size range from 20–35 mm. The living insects make the major portion of the food of the larvae. As the time passes the female wasps becomes slow and start shifting towards the nests that lie underground. The very first research article on these fascinating wasps appeared in 1749 at the Royal Society by Peter Collinson. Later the same was described in 1763 by Carl Linnaeus in Centuria Insectorum.

These wasps are comparatively larger in size and darker in color as compared to the other species of the wasps. The great black wasp is known for its mono-colored appearance. It does not have any stripes or spots covering its body. Its smoky wings distinguish it. In some cases, the yellow wings, red abdomen, and red legs are also reported in the wasps too. The adult females measure about 1 to 1.5 inches. These females are comparatively larger than the adult male wasps.

Range and Habitat

The major area of their existence is the Eastern and Central North America. If you ever go out in the open meadows or the fields that are filled with flowers the great black wasps are seen abundantly among the other insects including grasshoppers, katydid, and similar ones. Sometimes they hit the residential areas also that are rich in the flowering plants and have a plenty of gardens around. These flowering plants make a great source of food for the wasps.

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