The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Wasps seem to be the busiest insects in the garden, in constant motion while searching for food for their young. Many species of wasps have long legs, allowing them to easily walk on foliage and swiftly run down prey. This great golden digger wasp was seen walking from one flower-head to another in search of its preferred prey to feed its young: grasshoppers and katydids.

Great golden digger wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus