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Wasps

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Chalcid Wasp (Conura sp.)

Parasitic.

Family Chalcididae – Chalcidid Wasps
Subfamily Chalcidinae

Primary hosts are beetles and flies, but it also uses butterflies and moths.  Click here for list of known prey, predators and plant associates

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mason Wasp (Zethus spinipes variegatus)

Larval host: caterpillars

Diet: Adults take nectar

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/wasps/zethus_wasps.htm

http://bugguide.net/node/view/143570

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  TALL ELEPHANTSFOOT (Elephantopus elatus)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-marked Pachodynerus Mason Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis) with prey

a.k.a. Red and Black Mason Wasp

Use caterpillars as larval hosts including many pest species. If you look closely, this one dug some tiny bounty out of the bud.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-39_red_and_black_mason_wasp.htm

Superfamily Vespoidea – Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies
Family Vespidae – Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps
Subfamily Eumeninae – Potter and Mason Wasps

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

My take: Spring Nesting Season Isnt Just for Birds
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/spring-nesting-season-isnt-just-for-birds/

Red-marked Pachodynerus Mason Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis) digging for prey

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Caribbean Scoliid Wasp (Dielis dorsata)

New to my buggy life list.

syn. Campsomeris dorsata

Superfamily Scolioidea
Family Scoliidae – Scoliid Wasps
Subfamily Campsomerinae

Introduced to Florida. ” to aid in reducing coleopteran pests in sugar cane agricultural systems. … and might still be an important biological control agent of white grubs in sugar cane as well as turf production and maintenance.”

Learn: https://bioone.org/journals/Florida-Entomologist/volume-101/issue-3/024.101.0334/The-Introduction-and-Establishment-of-Campsomeris-dorsata-Hymenoptera–Scoliidae/10.1653/024.101.0334.full

INaturalist is where I got the common name from Caribbean Scoliid Wasp

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Spanish Needles (Bidens alba)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Thynnid Wasp (probably Myzinum carolinianum)

Beneficial

Larvae are parasitoids of white grubs so can be used in biological control.

Adults pollinate

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN85700.pdf

Learn more: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in857 (*)

* It seems that this species was moved from Typhiidae family

Taxonomy (source: bugguide.net):
Order Hymenoptera – Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies
No Taxon Aculeata – Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps
Superfamily Thynnoidea
Family Thynnidae – Thynnid Wasps
Subfamily Myzininae
Genus Myzinum

Key: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288606203_Taxonomic_Purgatory_Sorting_Out_The_Wasp_Genus_Myzinum_Latreille_In_North_America_Hymenoptera_Tiphiidae_Myzininae

Thynnid Wasp (probably Myzinum carolinianum)

My take: Got Grubs? Help is on the Way

Click here to see confirmed photos of female at my place on Saltbush

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Potter/Mason Wasp (Euodynerus sp. likely castigatus rubrivestis)

New to my buggy life list.   I initially thought this was a Red-marked Pachodynerus Mason Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis) but it seemed too small.  On closer examination I saw the red dots on the rear, side and behind the eye which led me to this species.

Eumenines prey mainly upon moth larvae, although some take larvae of leaf-feeding beetles. Adults take nectar.
Superfamily Vespoidea – Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies
Family Vespidae – Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps
Subfamily Eumeninae – Potter and Mason Wasps
Genus Euodynerus

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

There are many different species in this genus found in the state of Florida.  See the collection list here:  https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Florida-State-Collection-of-Arthropods/Explore-the-Collection/Insect-Collection/Hymenoptera2/Vespidae

There is interesting documentation on the subspecies of certain wasps in Florida that appear to have taken on red coloration where it is yellow in other locations.  Research paper:

“Lists are presented of 79 species of Florida insects, mostly wasps, that have distinctive dark red markings on a black background. Most of these species have more northern relatives (subspecies or congeners) whose markings are yellow rather than red. This apparent replacement of yellow-marked forms by red-marked forms in Florida has occurred at least 31 times in different lineages. Yellow-marked and red-marked species may be sympatric in Florida. Biogeographic details of the phenomenon are poorly known.” Deyrup, Mark. (2009). Red and black coloration in Florida hymenoptera. Southeastern Naturalist. 2. 511-522. 10.1656/1528-7092(2003)002[0511:RABCIF]2.0.CO;2.

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

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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