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A Great Black Wasp, Sphex pennsylvanicus, also known as Katydid Killer, is a large solitary non-aggressive black wasp of up to 1 1/2 inches in length. One of the solitary digger wasps, it feeds on nectar, sap, and other insects.

Nesting habit:

Digs a burrow, one egg per chamber, into each of which it places a large insect such as a cicada or katydid which provides food for the hatched young.

Novice identification is simple, in that:

  • Wasps fly with their feet trailing below rather than tucked up against their bodies like bees and hornets
  • No other wasps in North America are both this large and an unmarked dark black/blue-black. eg, Cuckoo Wasps are also blue-black, but are very small, and Great Golden Digger Wasps are large, but browner and with markings.

What to do if one has wandered indoors:

  • Turn out the lights in succession (starting at the back of the room andmoving the line of dimness toward the door) encourages it to fly back outside toward the sunlight.
  • Unless physically disturbed, they won't bother you, so don't try to shoo them toward the door. Although they generally ignore people, at that point you may become a target.
  • Flyswatters are unlikely to be sufficient, and just irritate the insect. Once aggravated, they will sting.
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What type of wasp is totally black?

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Like any other wasp, the Great Black Wasp (sphenx pennsylvanica) is equipped with a stinger. Do not confuse the Great Black Wasp with other black wasps. The Great Black Wasp is a solitary wasp, consequently, it does not build "community" nests similar to other wasp species and does not swarm. If you are experiencing swarming black wasps, then these are not the Great Black. Wasps are typically fairly aggressive, however the Great Black Wasp is not as aggressive as other species and generally will not bother you unless provoked (accidentally stepped on or otherwise agitated). However, this is a large powerful insect with an extremely painful sting, therefore caution is advised. The Great Black Wasp is easy to identify from other stinging insects; these wasps fly with their legs trailing behind them while most other types of bees and wasps will tuck their legs toward their body as they fly. The Great Black Wasp is also considerably larger than other wasp species with a separate thorax and abdomen.

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