07.09.2021-2 Beewolf not Beowulf

Although some bees might consider this a monster of Grendel proportions, it is not quite as hideous.  Beewolf larvae eat bee larvae but the adults just sup on nectar which is most likely why we are witnessing this shot.

Hump-backed Beewolf-Philanthus gibbosus on a Daisy Fleabane-Erigeron annus. This was my first sighting of this wasp and I just got the one lucky shot before it flew off.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 07.09.2021-2 Beewolf not Beowulf

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Perfect timing!

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  2. Erigeron is a genus that has provided both of us with portraits. Even better that you managed to include a visitor this time.

    The Anglo-Saxon name Beowulf did actually mean Bee-Wolf.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    Your beewolf must sting but on this flower, it looks so sweet and innocent.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I’ve always thought of this flower as white, but sure enough, it’s described as “pale pink to white.” You pinkish version is lovely. I read that the wasp will coat its prey in pollen before feeding its larvae: pollen rather than Panko, if you will.

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    • Panko! Any mention of something coated with processed pollen reminds me of the Rosh Hashanah treat, Taiglach, we would have once dinner was finished.
      Some white flowers, as I am sure you probably have seen, take on a pinkish hue as they age although that was not the case with this fresh as a daisy fleabane.


  5. You know what they say about luck, Steve. Glad you were well prepared. This is gorgeous.

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  6. Nice Steve! I know what you mean about getting 1 image before it flew off!!

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