I was surprised today to find this gorgeous wasp in my
yard crawling in and out
of hydrangea blossoms - hence the mangled antennae, I
think. I've only seen one
other wasp like this before - both in Salt Lake County.
© Carol Davis 8-12-2016
It took a moment to check out the photographer.
was a gorgeous hunk of wasp. Below is a photo of
the first one I ever saw. © Carol Davis 8-12-2016
Isodontia get the name "grass-carrying wasps"
because they have been
been seen carrying grass back to their nests. They also
carry other insects
back to their nests to feed the larvae when they hatch.
elegans feed on the joy they get from scaring
who are afraid of wasps) and they also enjoying feeding on
this wasp I found in Red Butte Gardens was beautiful,
and very elegant (hence, the name)! © Carol
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