Name: Tachytes spp.

Alias: Square-headed wasps are the size of common paper wasps, but they have usually more black with small light bands across their back. The wings are often a clear or tinted wing. The most distinct feature of square-headed wasps is their large bright-green eyes. They can have hairs that often get them mistaken for a bee. They burrow underground and usually live a solitary life with no other family.

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