Tag Archives: Hymenoptera

07.15.2021 Thread-waisted Thursday

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 … Continue reading

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07.10.2021 Incoming!!! Run for your Life!

The last thing you see before OW!  Go ahead…click it, I dare you.  LOL Another shot of a Bald-faced Yellowjacket-aka Bald-faced Hornet-Dolichovespula maculata.

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07.07.2021 Wasp on a hot blue tarp

With apologies to Mr. T. Williams. While splitting our firewood the other day I noticed this Dark Paper Wasp-Polistes fuscatus on the tarp covering what is already stacked. I guess the cool morning had it in a slight torpor as … Continue reading

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09.24.2020 Spider Wasp

As the name implies, these capture spiders and leave them for their larvae to feed upon. The adults as you can see from these images feed upon flower nectar, in this case Boneset once again. Blue-black Spider Wasp– Anoplius sp. … Continue reading

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09.02.2020-2 Short-tailed Ichneumonid Wasp

Almost every night for the past week or two I’ve photographed a new to me insect. Of course I do see some species repeatedly but it is nice to see something different most nights or mornings. The is a real … Continue reading

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08.26.2020 Wasp Wednesday

We had a brief downpour yesterday which, although short-lived, gave us a bit of relief from the heat and some much needed moisture. While there was still just a light drizzle coming down I went out looking for insects and … Continue reading

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08.23.2020-2 Great Golden Digger Wasp

I photographed these in the yard a few times on our milkweed flowers.  Now I am finding them on Virgin’s Bower-Clematis virginiana growing among our elderberries behind the wood pile. They are beauties among wasps and relatively harmless…to humans…but do … Continue reading

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08.21.2020-2 Sweet and Sweaty Sweat Bee Flash Friday

It was a little sweltery so sweat was indeed the case as well as this is a sweet little pollinator. I only managed two shots before it left the Boneset but that is all it took to get a nice … Continue reading

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08.13.2020 Too engrossed to attack

The boneset continues to draw a great variety of nectar loving insects.  My next insect post will surprise you, but for now I’ll stick with a wasp that one might expect to find on a flower. Ordinarily I’d be shooting … Continue reading

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08.07.2015 More backyard bugography

First of all, this is not a bug by definition.  It’s a Great Golden Digger Wasp-Sphex ichneumoneus and fairly large…about an inch long.  But it’s a gentle giant in terms of aggression towards humans and of no threat whatsoever to … Continue reading

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