Great golden digger wasp

Sphex ichneumoneus

''Sphex ichneumoneus'', known commonly as the great golden digger wasp or great golden sand digger is a wasp in the family Sphecidae. It is identified by the golden pubescence on its head and thorax, its reddish orange legs, and partly reddish orange body. This wasp is native to the Western Hemisphere, from Canada to South America, and provisions its young with various types of paralyzed Orthoptera.

D. Hofstadter cites the observation by Woodridge of S. ichneumoneus continually repeating behavior as an example of genetic determinism, calling the behavior "sphexish". Daniel Dennett has pointed out that too much is made of emblematic examples from the animal kingdom; human behavior is much more complex.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHymenoptera
FamilySphecidae
GenusSphex
SpeciesS. ichneumoneus