I hiked up into the forest behind the place I was staying one afternoon. Followed an abandoned road in Nosara, Costa Rica and went off path up a dried river bed. It was covered in leaves and I was looking for scorpions, but I found these wasps instead. They settled right in as I set up my tripod and got my kit prepared. They just sat and stared at me the whole time. I could hear my mom’s voice warning me not to get too close. Thanks Mom. They are magnificent and gentle animals. I could not find a common name, and it was tough to identify them. I sure hope I got it right.