What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Annual Sand Wasp visit to What’s That Bug? office garden
June 22, 2013
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California

Sand Wasp

Sand Wasp

So, last Saturday a Western Tiger Swallowtail was cruising around the garden and we have tried unsuccessfully for years to get a decent photo of this nearly daily summer visitor.  Seems they fly around, but rarely land.  Well, the Western Tiger Swallowtail was nectaring from the Rudbeckia daisies, but by the time we returned with the camera, it had flown off.  We contented ourselves with photographing these lovely Sand Wasps in the genus Bembix.  Any wasp that preys upon flies is fine in our book.  According to BugGuide:  “Females provision their nest with flies which the larvae feed on (a single developing larva may eat more than twenty flies)” and “Provisioning is progressive. The females provide a greater number of prey over subsequent days during larval growth. Adults are excellent diggers and can disappear below the surface of loose sand within seconds.”

Sand Wasp

Sand Wasp

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