Subject: Hairy wasp
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
January 28, 2016 7:59 am
We found this wasp under some lantana while we were weeding the garden. It was already dead and laying in the leaf litter. It appears to have long “hairs” that grew all over its body. Can you tell us what kind of wasp this is?
Found is Gulf Shores, AL. on 1/28/16
Signature: Gulf State Park
This is a Paper Wasp and it is being “devoured” by Fungus. Many living insects are attacked by Fungus and they eventually die. Dead insects in damp locations might also be broken down by Fungus. This BugGuide image identifies the Cordyceps fungus.
Thank you so much for the quick reply. I thought it was just a normal paper wasp, but I had never seen anything quite like that! I thought that it maybe had roots growing out of it. Thank you again!