My garden thanks you by samae

My garden thanks you

I have noticed that I haven't seen any Japanese Beetles in my garden destroying everything in their wake. Continuing with my "bee" theme for another day, I saw these guys loving the flowers of my mint patch. I googled to determine just who these fluorescent blue winged creature are. Apparently they are called the blue winged wasp.

From the web: The Blue-Winged Wasp is a natural predator of Japanese beetle (as well as other beetle species) because its larvae eat the beetle grubs. A female wasp will dig up a beetle grub and sting it to paralyze it. She then digs a cell near the grub and lays a fertilized egg into the hole. She then drags the immobile grub into the hole with the egg. Once finished, she sets out to repeat the process on another beetle grub. Once each wasp larva hatches, it eats the paralyzed, yet still living grub, starting with non-essential organs first.

Adults are most active in the summer. By day, they visit flowers and drink nectar. At night, they rest on plants and may socialize with other Blue-winged Wasps. Males tend to curl up around a twig or blade or grass in order to rest.



Many thanks for comments on the pollen covered bee yesterday and placing it on PP.

Thanks as always for taking time out of your day to visit my project.

Have a great weekend.
oh they are quite stunning and good they are cleaning up your pests - great capture too
August 14th, 2020  
Terrific capture.
August 14th, 2020  
Stellar capture
August 14th, 2020  
Amazing shot! I've never seen anything like them!
August 14th, 2020  
Super capture 1
August 14th, 2020  
Wow, nicely focused shot. Those wings are cool.
August 14th, 2020  
Sharp and colorful. They are pretty insects. Nicely done.
August 14th, 2020  
Great colors !
August 14th, 2020  
I saw wasps on my crepe myrtle, but didn't look too close. Maybe I have them,too!! No wonder the Japanese beetles are scarce! The blue is magical...great shot, Sarah.
August 14th, 2020  
Such detail! was this taken with a macro lens?
August 15th, 2020  
Awesome info. Do they sting people?
August 15th, 2020  
Wonderful capture!
August 15th, 2020  
Really interesting information - love the wonderful color - and how nice to have no Japanese beetles!
August 15th, 2020  
lovely capture
August 15th, 2020  
@jgpittenger when I water they just kind of fly away - so — so far so good ... I don’t remember seeing them before - but I haven’t had Japanese beetles eating the leaves off everything— ?
August 15th, 2020  
Wow! What a great color! Thanks for all the info! Fav
August 15th, 2020  
Lovely capture...
August 15th, 2020  
Nice shot
August 15th, 2020  
They are gorgeous, love the colours.
August 15th, 2020  
Amazing capture and info!
August 15th, 2020  
Fantastic close up details and information!
August 15th, 2020  
Great info, beautiful blue wings
August 15th, 2020  
Amazing details and colours. Great info.
August 15th, 2020  
Beautiful capture fav!
August 15th, 2020  
super nice. the colors, the plant. really cool
August 15th, 2020  
Great details and colors.
August 15th, 2020  
They're beautiful insects, great shot.
August 15th, 2020  
fantastic capture, I like their colors so bright
August 15th, 2020  
Nice shot
August 15th, 2020  
If they clean up I would like to invite them into our garden. beautiful looking as well is a plues.
August 15th, 2020  
Such a vibrant colour to those insects. Good shot.
August 16th, 2020  
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