Monday, September 28, 2015

The cycle of life

This is when a blog comes in handy. I saw this black wasp go underground yesterday in the back yard and managed to get one shot as she was emerging, likely from laying and/or tending eggs. So then my inquiring mind wants to know what kind of wasp is she? So then I get online and do a quick Google search for a black wasp with yellow spots. Then my memory kicks wasps on mountain mint. Ah HA! Now I remember! And a past blog post of mine confirms that she is a blue-winged wasp (Scolia dubia), a species which I photographed last June ("Blue-winged what?"). Cool! These wasps nectar AND reproduce in our Wildscape.

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