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Old 09-03-2012, 06:28 PM   #41
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IThis is a Blue-winged wasp, ake Digger wasp, Scolia dubia.
Very cool looking. I hope to increase the biodiversity in our yard and get more critters like you seem to be doing.

Perhaps we should resurrect the "Documenting Biodiversity" thread as well.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:35 PM   #42
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A paper wasp who seems to be eating an aphid.

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And another, after rain,

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I seem to be the only one posting wasp photos, but I will muddle on...

An eastern cicada killer, not the best photo, but I was supposed to be taking photos of the horse my daughter was riding and not the wasp.
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I know how it goes.... you get fixated on something and can't get enough. I've been trying to get a photo of a solid black wasp for the longest time. So far.... it takes off the minute I get ready to click or I'd be adding it to your wasp photos. I like your photos. I don't think they're "not the best" at all.
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I seem to be the only one posting wasp photos, but I will muddle on....
Keep muddling. I haven't had much free time this summer to play around with the photography but I'm sure enjoying your photos.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #46
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maybe I just have an excess of wasps around my property, but I find them fascinating in their diversity. I have never found them to be aggressive, except the yellow jackets in California.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #47
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Yet another new wasp. I believe this is a grass-carrying wasp, Isodontia mexicana, common in NC. They line the cavities they put their prey/larva in with stems of grass.
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Yet another new wasp. I believe this is a grass-carrying wasp, Isodontia mexicana, common in NC. They line the cavities they put their prey/larva in with stems of grass.
The second one may be a different species....
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I believe they are of the same individual. I took them within moments of each other, following a wasp around the same bunch of flowers.... There could have been a second wasp I didn't see, however. I assumed the differences were due to lighting.
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assumed the differences were due to lighting.
Could be, but I am wondering how you identified the wasp(s) as Isodontia mexicana? Compare the image of an Isodontia mexicana at Sphecid - Podalonia? - Isodontia mexicana - BugGuide.Net with that of another similar appearing sphecid at Thread-waisted Wasp - Eremnophila aureonotata - BugGuide.Net, looking at relative wing length and shape of the abdominal gaster.
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