Great Black Wasp

Scientific Name: Sphex pensylvanicus

Family: Sphecidae

Native Range: United States, Mexico, and southern Canada, Pennsylvania*

Size: Females: 1.0 -1.3 in (25–34 mm); Males: 0.7 – 1.1 in (19–28 mm) .*


Color and Appearance:

Note:Sphex pensylvanicus was the subject of the first article on an insect written by a native of the New World,[2][12] when observations made by John Bartram on S. pensylvanicus were presented to the Royal Society in 1749 by Peter Collinson.[5] Sphex pensylvanicus was described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1763 work Centuria Insectorum, using material sent to him by Charles De Geer.[13]“*

*From Wikipedia (

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