Sand wasps, as the name suggests, build their nests in sandy areas, and boy can they dig! As seen in this image, the front legs have long bristles which they use to plow through the sand. Sand wasps can be rather common in dry, sandy areas, often nesting in aggregations, but each nest has one adult female, thus they are solitary. Sand wasps are predators, many specialize in hunting flies.
Apr 24, 2014
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cory Sheffield, Ph.D.
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology