A female digger wasp Gorytes laticinctus [1,2], a new garden species!
This wasp honoured the garden with a lightning visit a couple of days in a row. At first I could only see it from a longer distance but the combination of the green eyes and the narrowing of the first abdominal segment made me think it was a Gorytes digger wasp. On one of the next days she suddenly passed me and landed inside a flower pot. I was just in time to shoot this photo before she flew up in a sharp U-turn and landed underneath the pot only to skirt away a moment later as I took a step closer.
The rather bad photograph gave me enough information to think it was this species but I decided to get a second opinion on the Waarneming.nl forum, and for sure it was correct (see confirmation Flor Rhebergen)
Super nice since this was a genus that I had on my wish list. The group around this one, like Lestiphorus, Agrogorytes, Hoplisoides, Harpactus, are favourite digger wasps because of the shapes and the intriguingly large feet.
References1 Nederlands Soortenregister
2 KLEIN, Wim. De graafwespen van de Benelux. Jeugdbondsuitgeverij, Utrecht, 1996, 1-130. + KLEIN, Wim. De graafwespen van de Benelux: supplement. Jeugdbondsuitgeverij, 1999.