Central South Carolina. Similar in size to a bald-faced hornet. Looks to be completely black except for two large yellow spots on the abdomen.
Maybe a harmless cicada killer wasp?
It looks like “The Wasp from Hell”. :eek:
It appears to be a scoliid wasp. Maybe the Campsomeris quadrimaculata in figure 16.
Yeth, that id wasp.
I second the possibility of it being a cicada killer. I get those in my house in SC sometimes. (And do a catch and release.)
(BTW, this id the wasp from hell.)
I haven’t seen pics of cicada killers with legs as dark in color as the OP’s pic. I’m still going with a scoliid wasp. The one in figure 16 or a very close relative.
Size looks right for a cicada killer, though the markings look a bit off.
Here’s one from my old house in 2011:
I kind of miss having them around.
You’re right. The OP’s wasp’s legs look black.
Thanks. I found the corpse, and it’s definitely a scoliid wasp. It actually had four large yellow spots, but the way it was turned, I saw only two.