Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer Daze

The patch of wild mint bordering our woods is where I discovered the only living creatures that seemed to be enjoying the oppressive heat and humidity of a July afternoon.
At least ten species were crawling, hopping, and fluttering among the petite blooms.
Based on the handy charts and photos at,
I believe the blue-winged insect above is a double-banded scoliid wasp.
Neon green, ordinary black, yellow . . .  Boring and beautiful were both there.
The smallest ones seemed the most numerous.
These look lile Red-banded has almost 4,000 photos of various adults--who knows how many caterpillars the website could also help you identify!

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