Sphecid Wasp

Sphecid, or thread-wasted wasps are solitary hunters that prey on a range of insects, though each species typically specializes on a certain type of prey. Examples of prey include cockroaches, caterpillars, bees, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, beetles, crickets, ants, and leafhoppers. Prey items are collected entirely to provide for their young; each individual is stung to paralyze, but not kill. The wasp's sting, like most bees, can inflict a painful wound when threatened, but in general they are shy creatures.