Great Black Wasp
A strikingly large black wasp with smoky-black wings that shine with blue iridescence, often seen busily eating nectar and pollen from flowers in summertime. The body is satiny matte black. There is a narrow constriction between thorax and abdomen (it is a “thread-waisted” wasp). The wings are shiny, smoky black, with blue iridescence, usually folded together lengthwise down the back. The legs are long and spiny. The mandibles (mouthparts), usually held together and overlapping, are relatively large and sickle-shaped, with an extra prong in the middle of each curve.