Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Double-Banded Scollid Wasp (Scolia bicincta)

We found a Late-blooming Boneset (Eupatorium serotinum) growing behind the workshop; it's 6 to 7 feet high. 

Many of these Double-banded Scollid wasps (Scolia bicinta) were feeding on the blooms. They were constantly on the move and so intent on feeding that they took no notice of us and were exceedingly difficult to photograph. 

According to Eric Eaton, these wasps are often seen on Solidago sp. (goldenrods), Eupatorium sp. (thoroughworts), and Asclepias sp. (milkweeds) in the Fall. This is the first time that I’ve seen this wasp before in spite of stalking insects on goldenrods.
August 27th, 2014 
Double-Banded Scollid Wasp (Scolia bicincta) 
Walton County, Georgia

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