Blue Velvet Wasp


With the help of Shoreacres, Blue Velvet was identified as an Entypus Spider Wasp.  Many thanks!

Another update.  Theshrubqueen has added that the antennae color is a warning of toxicity.  More thanks!

This velvet blue creature with vibrant antenna has been flying around my property for several weeks.

It seems to just fly on some endless mission.

On one day I found the wasp hopping from leaf to leaf and was able to get a photo.  It didn’t seem to search for bugs or nectar. I have not been able to identify it and I’m just assuming it is a wasp. I looked through many photos on the internet and I signed up for inaturalist, but had issues getting the photo on the app. Please let me know if you can identify this velvet beauty.

17 Comments on “Blue Velvet Wasp”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pretty color, does it sting??

  2. Tina says:

    That one’s a beauty, kind of Halloween-y. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one around here–great shots!!

  3. shoreacres says:

    I’d bet it’s a species of spider wasp. There are some color variations (a few have a touch of orange on their body or wings), but those antennae are a good clue. There’s a collection of photos here. If you search for ‘spider wasp’ there’s a pretty good description of their behavior on the Wiki. They fly around looking for spiders to paralyze and kill for their larvae to feed on — that’s how they got their name.

  4. Deb says:

    Great photos!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Its antennae are extraordinary! I wonder how that adaptation benefits it?

  6. What a striking wasp!

  7. carol says:

    When I see an interesting bug like this, I always wondering, why this coloring? It is lovely and a great picture.

  8. That is cool! Orange coloring in insects is a warning to others of toxicity.

  9. Sheryl says:

    It’s a beautiful insect – even if it is poisonous.

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