This guy has a perfect target on his ‘bee-hind’. But do you know what this insect is? Or the flower, if you prefer!
Give us a guess in the comments!
This was a tricky one for us to identify.
Black and white wasps aren’t too common, but we had to have some help from a friend’s photo–thanks, Martha–to verify we were seeing all we needed to see.
Yes, this wasp has a very skinny middle. and all of the white markings add up to it being a Fraternal Potter Wasp. This is a type of mason wasp that, as you probably guessed, used mud to make its nesting sites. In this case, a little ‘pot’. We squirrels haven’t seen one of these, so if you have, we’d be ever so grateful to see a photo to share!
Another tricky part of the identification is that potter wasps can be black or brown and have white, yellow or orange markings.
Potter wasps are apparently predators, and collect beetle larvae, caterpillars or spiders that they paralyze and seal in the mud brood chamber with their eggs so the young wasps may feed on them. SO can someone explain to us why these wasps were fervently feeding on these flowers?
This late summer plant is well-named: It’s late-flowering boneset
Eupatorium serotinum, a giant of a plant at 7 feet high and 7 feet wide!
It is massive and covered with dozens of different types of insects, wasps, bees and butterflies. We’ll show you more soon!