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Wondering if you could confirm what kind of grub this is? Guessing Japanese beetle or June bug ... See moreSee less

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UW-Madison Department of EntomologyLooks like the white grub of a "leather beetle" (Osmoderma species). They're commonly found in mulch and rotting wood sources. They're not pests and actually help break down wood. bugguide.net/node/view/9890

Genus Osmoderma - BugGuide.Net4 hours ago
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Is this a great golden digger wasp? or something else? There are two in the same area as sweat bees...sharing space? ... See moreSee less

UW-Madison Department of EntomologyYes--looks like the golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus). Many tunneling insects prefer sandier soils, (easier to tunnel into). This is likely why this wasp and the ground-nesting sweat bees are sharing the same general area.

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Deb Pottscause for alarm? It's at work next to a back door...my thoughts are just to leave them "bee" but do you think it could be an issue? Not a high traffic area.

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