(Fort Iwing, California) black insect with blueish green patches red/orange wings very ant like in the face black eyes mandables 6 legs about the length of a double A battery including the legs biggest insect ive seen found it hiding from my dog in the screen door
Your photo is of a tarantula hawk wasp. They are in the spider wasp family…hence the long legs. 🙂
They are large wasps and are found in southwestern US…on one species is found in the eastern US.
They live in open areas especially near the desert.
The adults feed on nectar …they really like milkweed flowers. The female wasp stings tarantulas…which paralyzes them and then puts it in a burrow with an egg. The larvae then feed on the ‘fresh’ spider.
These wasps are said to have a powerful sting but are not aggressive…you have to agitate it for it to sting.