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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Scoliid Wasp (Campsomeris plumipes) (Dielis plumipes)

 

I keep a coffee container next to the compost container to collect rainwater.  I reached down this past week to do that and noticed this beautiful wasp swimming and unable to get out.  I gently poured the water off and rescued this pollinator. After a brief time of wing drying he flew off.

In February 2019 Buguide.net changed this to Dielis plumipes, but I can’t find any written documentation confirming the genus/species change.

beneficial: parasitic on Scarab Beetle larvae.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/wasps/scoliid_wasps.htm

Saved from drowning!

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Paper Wasps (Polistes sp. possibly P. dorsalis)

Paper Wasps can be aggressive if you disturb the nest although I have been able to relocate nests with no stinging incidents. People with bee allergy should keep their distance. If it is in a location that people will not get too close, leave them as an efficient biocontrol agent.

I’ve many different species of Polistes and another possibility is P. bellicosus.

Beneficial: control of pest catepillar species which they use as food for their developing larva. (think your vegetable garden pests) Adults also feed on fruits

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/572

Learn more: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-01_paper_wasp.htm

Learn the habits of Polistes spp.: https://blogs.cornell.edu/insectid/files/2013/11/Paper-Wasps-1qxfw0c.pdf

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My relocation tale: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/the-wildlife-garden-fashionista/

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140709140116/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/wasp-that.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mole Cricket Hunter Wasp (Larra bicolor)

This one is likely female since it seemed to be on the hunt through the meadow looking for mole crickets which are the larval hosts for its larvae.

Photos of it using various nectar sources are at the link below under “my take”.

Introduced to the U.S. to control exotic mole cricket pests. Does not target native species, only the exotics.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/Larra_wasps.htm

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/when-an-introduced-species-does-the-job/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Potter/Mason Wasp (likely Euodynerus megaera)

New to my buggy life list.  The blue wings caught my attention though these photographs don’t reflect their true color.

Subfamily Eumeninae – Potter and Mason Wasps

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/84841

key: https://cjai.biologicalsurvey.ca/bmc_05/key_euodynerus.html

“Biology. Nests in borings in wood and uses agglutinated sand or less commonly mud for closing plugs and cell partitions. Preys on caterpillars of Tortricidae, Crambidae (Pyraustinae), Pyralidae (Epipaschiinae, Phycitinae), Amphisbatidae, and Erebidae (Herminiinae, formerly in Noctuidae) (Krombein 1967, 1979).”

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BLUE MISTFLOWER (Conoclinium coelestinum)

Mason Wasp (likely Euodynerus megaera)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/ooops-anatomy-of-a-potter-wasp-nest/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ichneumon Wasp (Anomalon sp.)

Apparently these wasps are difficult to identify down to species and since they are miniscule I can understand why.  A. ejuncidum is the only species listed by The University of Florida’s Natural Area Teaching Laboratory

Parasites of the larva of Coleoptera (beetles) and possibly Lepidoptera (butterfly/moth)

Learn: http://natl.ifas.ufl.edu/biota/ichneumon_wasps.php

Learn more: https://bugguide.net/node/view/348341

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/balance-in-the-garden-ichneumon-parasitic-wasp/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Chalcid Wasp (Brachymeria flavipes)

New to my buggy life list.

Family Chalcididae – Chalcidid Wasps
Subfamily Chalcidinae

“Chalcidids are predominantly solitary, primary endoparasitoids of Lepidoptera and Diptera…”

Learn: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/chalcidoids/chalcididae.html

Taxon record

32 listed Lepidoptera hosts including at least 3 found in my garden:

Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis)
Pale-edged Selenisa Moth Caterpillar (Selenisa sueroides)
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

https://bugguide.net/node/view/1501631

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