Category: wasp

Prionyx thomae. A wasp that is a left-handed…

Prionyx thomae

A wasp that is a left-handed cousin of bees. 

This is a common one, found throughout North and South America. This grasshopper hunting wasp was found on the military base of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Kamren Jefferson took this shot. In looking closely I can see some doubling of the some of the hairs near the anterior end of the thorax. Not something we would tolerate now, but something that most people would miss, so this lovely shot stays !

Grub Hunter: The Movie. Well not really, tho…

Grub Hunter: The Movie. 

Well not really, though the idea has legs I think. 

This is Myzinum maculatum. Dangerous enough to look like it would be in “THE GRUB HUNTER MOVIE”. Actually it does hunt grubs, finds them underground, lays an egg on them, the baby wasp eats the grub alive…the usual thing. Our Grub Hunter comes from Chino farms Maryland.

Lovely wasp from Kruger National Park.  Again,…

Lovely wasp from Kruger National Park.  Again, not being a wasp person, I don’t know the species.  The group may be the sand wasp (Bembicini) .  Photos by Anders Croft.

Fun wasp from Kruger National Park.  

Fun wasp from Kruger National Park.  

Note the expanded antennal ends (actually the other antennae snapped off).  Most likely this is one of the pollen gathering wasps in Masserinae group. 

 So, you thought only bees in the stinging category of insects gathered pollen.  Nope.  However, in North America, these wasps mostly, if not entirely show up only in the West.

Vespid wasp from Kruger National Park in South…

Vespid wasp from Kruger National Park in South Africa.  This is one that we see periodically taking nips of nectar from some of the trees we study.  No time to look up the species group, but likely it a social species of some kind.  Large too, about the size of a bumblebee in length..,Photo by Erick Hernandez.

A lovely blue green teal spider wasp with purp…

A lovely blue green teal spider wasp with purple highlights and infuscated wings.  Collected in Southern Chile with Laurence Packer.  

Would the public changes its attitude towards …

Would the public changes its attitude towards bees if they realized that they were really just wasps?

Number eight in the Know Your Wild Bees Campaign

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Unknown Wasp species from Hardy County, West V…

Unknown Wasp species from Hardy County, West Virginia…likely an Ichneumonid.  Photograph by Wayne Boo.

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An ichneumonid wasp.

An ichneumonid wasp.

Parasitizes other insects

Am always intrigued by the hot colors on some insects antennae.

Why the two tones, friend?

From Hardy County, WV photo taken by Colby Francoeur.

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