Saturday, July 7, 2012
A Good Day for Bugs
These photos aren't in the order in which I took them. The Yellow Jacket in the next to last photo was under a small log in my front yard. It's been in this position for several days, building its paper nest at a microscopic pace. Last, I'm back at that patch of Narrow-leaf Milkweeds again where I found a beautiful red bug, not yet identified. I'm wondering if it could be a developmental stage of the Red Milkweed Beetle. Can't find any photos of it, and I didn't collect any for further research. I was satisfied simply to see its beauty. There were several of them on this particular plant.
A Correction: In several recent posts I have identified a beautiful black and red wasp feeding on Indian Hemp as an Ichneumonid. Turn out it's a wasp of a different family, the Sphecidae, commonly known as Thread-waisted Wasps. Now my incorrectly-labelled wasp photos are clogging up cyberspace. I guess they'll eventually get corrected.