Category: Wasp

What kind of weird wasp is this? It has a hear…

What kind of weird wasp is this? It has a heart-shaped head like a bee, it has a slurpy straw mouth as well as minor mandibles, a weird bumpy rump with a black end, and apparently really likes basil flowers.

Anyone?

Do you like tomatoes? Well don’t go &ldq…

Do you like tomatoes? Well don’t go “thank the honeybees” on this one. While tomatoes are pollinated by strong wind sometimes, it is actually mainly bumblebees that pollinate them! Especially in greenhouses. Other bees that can chew through the flowers can pollinate them, like sweat bees, but it is typically bumblebees because their big strong wings can vibrate the pollen free of the flowers when other bees’ wings are just too weak.
This applies to many yummy plant foods all across the world too! Not just with bumblebees but with other wasps and solitary bees! So next time you are thinking about “save the bees” remember that it’s not just about the honey kind of bee, but ALL the lovely little buzzy bees out there!~

In my time keeping red paper wasps, I’ve notic…

In my time keeping red paper wasps, I’ve noticed that in open cells, there are often left drops of what appears to be some form of nectar or honey-like substance. It is not nearly as viscous, and appears to be mostly water. I’ve seen it in both the larger and smaller nests in my nuc box, as well as in the nest in my window.
Anyone know exactly what this is and what purpose it serves? I can’t find anything on the subject online.

Green lizard on green wasp box

Green lizard on green wasp box

BEE IN THE WASP BOX

BEE IN THE WASP BOX

This wasp built a cell and laid an egg in abou…

This wasp built a cell and laid an egg in about 6 hours. That’s really impressive.

Here are my red wasps! If you look behind them…

Here are my red wasps!
If you look behind them to the right, you’ll see another nest. They started out as two individuals, but paired up to make a more efficient nest! Both have eggs in them, but the one that made the rear nest frequently joins the one in the front to help work on theirs.

Yay! Wasps! “Whaaaat? Wasps? Yay? Why w…

Yay! Wasps!

“Whaaaat? Wasps? Yay? Why would that be a good thing?” you may ask.
Well wasps, particularly red wasps, are some of the first social queens to found new nests in the spring. That means that spring is coming soon!

This little bugger was hanging out with the Florin girls and flew off shortly after I took this pic.