Great Black Wasp, Illinois, United States by Sandra Rust

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I was always far too afraid to take a photo of a wasp.....then, I took this photo of The Great Black Wasp shown here, and never knew it was considered a pollinator until I looked it up.
Thus, I see they are considered beneficial to the environment. They can also help control the population of grasshoppers (which eat plants and crops) and katydids. There are even some plant species which seem to be particularly helped by pollination from the great black wasp. I read their sting is painful, yet not dangerous.

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