This will not likely be a weekly or monthly title. Maybe annually although I do see this wasp family often enough. We’ll see. Maybe some of you would rather this is a one off. 🙂
I was chasing hover flies on our gooseneck flowers when these arrived. They all got along okay. I’ll post one of hoverfly later on.
Mexican Grass-carrying Wasp- Isodontia mexicana
These are not at all aggressive although touching one might be a mistake.
I was lucky and their wing iridescence shows in all these shots.
I am always amazed at the thinness of the “waist” and how the abdomen seems precariously attached to the thorax. And also how the necessary bodily functions are carried out despite the narrowness.
They also prey on small insects in addition to supping on nectar. The “Grass-carrying” part of the name comes from their practice of cutting pieces of grass and lining their nests inside tubular structures with it.