Xylocopa (Carpenter Bee) & Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasp) found in Memphis, Tn. Funny story, I had captured and pinned the bee right before I left for a music festival over the weekend. When I returned home, I discovered the bee had been torn in half, and there was a new, live bug at the bottom of my shadow box. Low and behold, an Ichneumon wasp, a parasitic wasp, hatched from inside the already captured bee! Bugs are truly fascinating! #Ichneumonidae#Xylocopa#bugs#buglife#insects#bees#wasps#entomology#entomologist#usbugs
Some sort of flying stinging evil has taken over my roof during the warm afternoons. I wanted to get some pics so I could identify the species. I took pictures by using my binoculars and my phone. The results were kind of artistic - 90% sure these are European paper wasps, which look like longer #yellowjackets at a glance. EPW aren't very aggressive, but I believe their nest is in a rain gutter at roof level so they are EVERYWHERE right now, including the roof and the back stairs. They really like the metal - I wonder if they are stripping the paint off the railing?
Yellow jackets bothering the beejeezers out of your bees? Here's a clever YJ trap made by @beeingmandy from Waggle Works: A foil pan filled with soapy water, a thin board with cat food smeared on the underside. "This has been out for 2 hours 🙄 there's still a cloud of yj's hovering around it. Cat food smeared on the underside of the stick...". 😟
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Parasitic “micro” wasps in the family Chalcididae are tiny yet powerful forces of nature. The strong hind legs help them to inject eggs into their hosts, a natural form of pest control that farmers use to save crops. They can even use them to kick fight each other! Learn more in the blog post linked below. 📸 @kelseyvobailey #wasps#entomology#insects#insectsofinstagram#macrophotography#microhymenoptera
Nest of the European hornet (Vespa crabro) on a tree. If you look closely at the workers entering the nest, you can see they've brought back dinner - the one on the left has caught what looks like a sawfly. #europeanhornet#Vespaceabro#Hymenoptera
Excited and grateful to find these fantastically beneficial Blue-Winged Wasps (Scolia dubia) hanging out on some dried grass at the farm in Elmer.
These rather large wasps are powerful parasitoids. The females burrow into the ground (they are also called "digger wasps") seeking out the larval grubs of various destructive pests, especially the native green June beetle (Cotinis nitida) and the invasive Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). They then paralyze the grubs with a sting, lay an egg on the skin of the grub, and often continue digging a small hollow chamber into which they drag the paralyzed grub. In a week or so, the egg hatches and the wasp larvae consumes the grub from the inside out. They overwinter as pupae underground.
Both sexes are believed to perform a similar mating dance (repeatedly flying in figure eights a few inches off the ground) and a female mates just once per season. But after mating she can lay one or two eggs per day for two months, meaning each female can be responsible for killing 60 to 120 beetles each year. A thriving population of wasps can therefore result in significant reduction of these harmful pest species (which are particularly bothersome on our raspberries). You can encourage their presence in your farm or garden ecosystem by planting (or not mowing) nectar-rich flowering plants like goldenrod and mountain mint. While these wasps will sting when threatened, they are rarely aggressive towards people and mainly leave us alone if we show them the same courtesy.
Sorry but I’m looking forward to fall! 🍁🍂 These bad boys are making it unbearable to enjoy what’s left of summer. I had to call my garbage company and refuse pickup because I’m scared he’ll be attacked #wasps#brutal
Wasps and hornets thrive in hot weather. As such, you’ve most likely noticed them while enjoying the recent heat wave. While most species will not sting unless provoked, it may be best to take care of that nest once and for all.
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Mixed news for dog walkers. You no longer have to stop your dog sticking her face down the badger hole because they have moved out. Alas they have been replaced by eleven million wasps (and three exits btw so they must have quite a colony)! #wasps
A wasp project in works. This was created in Autodesk Maya. Each piece was created independently from a cube-shaped block of (cyber) clay, then modeled (molded) into one unified object. The flat parts on the left are a representation of each piece independently “unfolded” (think of a stuffed wasp toy with each piece unstitched and then placed flat on a table). This part is called UV mapping. Next, comes the texturing/coloring. I will be exporting the pieces on the left into Photoshop and then applying texture. After that, I will import back into Maya where it will be “stitched” back together. Finally, I’ll add lighting and an appropriate background. I hope you enjoy my work. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more of my future projects! 👊🏼 #3dart#3dmodeling#3d#3dmodel#wasp#wasps#emeraldwasp#emeraldwasps#bees#bugs#bugslife#maya#autodesk#autodeskmaya#uvmapping#uvmap#artinstituteofsandiego#art#artistsoninstagram
Where have all the Tulips Gone! Little critters tunneling under the snow.
Finally! The first 60 degrees this weekend, April 22nd 2018.
Good bye winter! Hello to beautiful Spring flowers!