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Margriet,
I’m sending you to pics of this giant that was in our campsite in Terrace BC two years ago.  You can see how big it is in comparison to the loonie.  The other pic shows more detail.
 
Chester
 

I initially though it was a bald faced hornet, but searching through the Internet, the white markings are fewer on the abdominal segments than on this specimen.  It could still be a hornet, but a different species than the bald faced hornet.  Does anyone know what it is?
 
Margriet 
 
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2 Responses to What is this insect?

  • I found several cylindrical cocoons today while digging out weeds. One still had mother bee depositing the pollen inside. Are these bees advantageous? Do I need to dig these pupae back into the garden?
    thanks

    • Yes, all bees are advantageous. All bees pollinate flowers and this results in fruit, berries and seeds. Bees are divided into those that nest above the ground and those that nest below the ground. You could try returning them to the earth. I dont know if they would be able to dig their way out without the help of existing tunnels though. But, I think it would be worth a try.

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