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Old 06-10-2010, 07:36 PM   #41
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A Bumblebee that was well over an inch long. I don't worry about them stinging me but if one were to fly into me it would leave one mighty bruise!
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:16 PM   #44
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Two beloved bumbles from Missouri.
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Honey Bee on Milkweed, and Spider Wort. Bumble Bee on Lavender. Honey Bee having issues with the last flower.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:09 PM   #46
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:24 AM   #47
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Bee on heleopsis. Bee and a butterfly share cone.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:04 PM   #48
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Lots of these around this year. I enjoy having them!

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Old 07-05-2010, 07:30 AM   #49
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Lots of these around this year. I enjoy having them!

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Wasps in the family Specidae; possibly Sphex ichneumoneus - see http://www.discoverlife.org/IM/I_SD/...s,I_SD6803.jpg
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:22 AM   #50
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Wasps in the family Specidae; possibly Sphex ichneumoneus - see http://www.discoverlife.org/IM/I_SD/...s,I_SD6803.jpg
Yea, thanks. I had only used its common name in the title, Golden Digger Wasp.

It's the first year I've seen them here, and I find them fascinating. I've done some online reading about them. They specialize in paralyzing grass hoppers and katydids to feed to their larva, the eggs of which are put in a hole. They then fill the hole with the paralyzed prey and block off the hole. When the egg hatches, the wasp larvae eats its way out of the hole chomping on the still living prey. Fascinating! Gruesome!!!

I bet you have a rewarding career being an entomologist? How did you get into that profession? When did the interest blossom?? What class of insect was your specialty??? I know - lot's of question!
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