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Old 07-27-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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I was out taking pictures of the multitude of pollinators my small patch of native flowers has attracted...and I'd like to know what some of them are. Here is the first candidate:
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I was out taking pictures of the multitude of pollinators my small patch of native flowers has attracted...and I'd like to know what some of them are. Here is the first candidate:
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Great Golden Digger Wasp
, or something in that genus maybe. I also found an informative video.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:49 PM   #3
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Seems to me you nailed it! Thanks, MrILoveTheAnts.

The video made me wonder where she might have nest...but it doesn't have to be on our property. At the same time, I found it disturbing to think of what happens to the katydid. It would be one thing if it were dead, but I'm assuming it is just paralyzed. Yuck.

I think it hit me even more because I spotted a katydid on the property just yesterday.
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The stuff of horror movies...nice video.
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Nice photo! I got one of these in my yard, seems to like the mountain mint, summersweet, swamp milkweed.

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Nice photo! I got one of these in my yard, seems to like the mountain mint, summersweet, swamp milkweed.

Timed Wasps on Mountain Mint - YouTube
Thanks, rockerBOO. I have summersweet close by, and it seems it is swarmed by quite a variety of insects. I'm going to have to add mountain mint to the list.

Cool video...now, tell me, at the end does a tiny bee basically rams him off the flower?!
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My first thought was he didnt like Bee Balm, but now I see the other insects. I usually see the wasp on its own, just might of been a harmless in-air onslaught.
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My first thought was he didnt like Bee Balm, but now I see the other insects. I usually see the wasp on its own, just might of been a harmless in-air onslaught.
Yes, I think it was an accident and not a dive bomb...but it did look cool. It almost seems like the wasp was about to lift off when it got hit.
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Another one:

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This was on a shrub dogwood.
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I posted one of those a while back! Don't remember the ID though.
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