I have no idea what this insect was so I contacted an entomologist named Eric who identified it as:
"cutworm hunter wasp in the genus Podalonia, family Sphecidae"
Eric also says of the cutworm hunter wasp:
"Cutworm wasps are named for the habit of the solitary females to hunt for soil-dwelling caterpillars (“cutworms”), paralyze them, and store them as food for the wasp’s offspring. The wasp digs her burrow after she procures the prey, which is the opposite behavior sequence of most wasps in the Sphecidae family. Only one caterpillar goes in the bottom of each burrow, and a single egg is laid upon it. The opening of the tunnel is then sealed and the wasp begins seeking another victim to repeat the process."
So There you have it! Very fascinating.
For more about Eric and insects visit his blog at:
On another note, I was at the Punta Gorda Lighthouse this past week and noticed some new graffiti and trash left from visitors.