The Thread Waisted Wasp (Ammophila is the scientific name) lives all over the United States. They live in homes called burrows or nests. Sometimes they make their homes underground or in trees or other undisturbed places like sheds. To identify this insect their colors are black, orange, red or gray. They eat flower nectar or other small insects that they grab and take into their burrow to eat. They lay nests of eggs in their burrows.
Los Angeles Wasp Control says that even though wasps are harmful to humans they are helpful to the environment. They help to pollinate many plants and that helps the plants to grow and be healthy. Wasps also eat other pest insects that destroy crops.
One way that wasps are harmful is that they feed on or sting living things like people. One wasp can sting many times. This summer I was fishing by the river in Wisconsin and I was stung by wasps. I had four sting welts in my left arm.
My mom also got stung by a wasp and the stinger got stuck in the welt. This made the welt keep itching.