Posted by: PMGDD | September 16, 2015

Wasp photo by Verica at Hay Island

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From: “David McLeod” <mcleodda>
Date: September 15, 2015 at 10:50:22 PM PDT
Subject: Wasp photo by Verica at Hay Island

I thought Club members would be interested in seeing an excellent photo of a wasp taken by Verica on Sept. 12 at Hay Island after Phil spotted it perched on the car windshield.

It’s a female Pelecinid Wasp (Pelecinus polyturator) which is told from the male by the extra long, jointed abdomen. It occurs in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada.

The following link to the BugGuide website gives much more information about this species, including the fact that it parasitizes June Bug grubs (larvae), and so is a good biological control of that beetle species: http://bugguide.net/node/view/6945

Dave


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