CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Thread-waisted Wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)
They provision their ground nests with Lepidoptera or sawfly larvae, many considered pest species of cash crops. (http://natl.ifas.ufl.edu/biota/sphecid_wasps.php)
Learn more: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2010/11/wasp-wednesday-ammophila-pictipennis.html
Shown on Florida Native Plant: TALL ELEPHANTSFOOT (Elephantopus elatus)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)
Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)
Potter wasps can sting but are not aggressive and do not defend their nests. They use caterpillars as a host which they collect and place in brood pots created from mud. Natural biocontrol at its best.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)
Photos of nest pots: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/potter-wasp-eumenes-fraternus/
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/ooops-anatomy-of-a-potter-wasp-nest/
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 more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/348341
Shown on Florida Native Plant: BEGGARTICKS; ROMERILLO; SPANISH NEEDLES (Bidens alba)
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/balance-in-the-garden-ichneumon-parasitic-wasp/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium)
As name implies, they make their nests out of mud and lay their eggs on spiders. adults take nectar.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba
This Cuckoos Offspring Depend on a Mud Dauber Wasp
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Square-headed Wasp (Liris sp.)
nest in soil in preexisting cavities.
“Gryllid crickets are the usual prey.” source: http://natl.ifas.ufl.edu/biota/sphecid_wasps.php
Shown on Florida Native Plant: PAINTEDLEAF; FIRE-ON-THE-MOUNTAIN (Poinsettia cyathophora)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Chalcid Wasp (Leucospis affinis floridana)
New to my buggy life list. Parasitic on Megachilid bees.
Learn: On the Habits and Life-History of Leucospis affinis (Say): A parasite of Bees by S. Graenicher, appearing in the Bulletin of the Wisconsin Natural History Society, Volumes 3-4 (1905)
Shown on Florida Native Plant: PEPPERVINE (Ampelopsis arborea)