Five-banded Tiphiid wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Five-banded Tiphiid wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum)

The Tiphiid Wasps are parasites of grubs so are beneficial. The adults are drawn to flowers, but in my yard I usually find them on near-dried sedge blooms.

This is a group of males who seem to have a gang mentality. You can tell the males by the curved “pseudostinger” at the end of the abdomen. It seems that they congregate in the evening.

Shown on Florida Native Sedge

My take:

From July 2012:



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