Summer wasp soda
You would be hard-pressed to find lovelier insects than the cuckoo wasps of the family Chrysididae. They are clad in gem-like colors of emerald, ruby, jade, and even copper and gold. Cuckoo wasps have a greatly reduced stinger, so will not sting when handled. As a defense strategy, these wasps roll up into the concave underside of their abdomen, thus protecting themselves from attack. They are rather common visitors of flowers, but can also be found flying close to the ground in open areas looking for the nests of their hosts.
Tarantula Hawk vs. Tarantula. A tarantula hawk is a spider wasp which hunts tarantulas as food for its larvae.The more familiar species are up to 5 cm long, with blue-black bodies and bright, rust-colored wings (other species have black wings with blue highlights), making them among the largest of wasps.
Photo credit: Jason Penney
Apoica Wasp nest Order: Hymenopteres. Apoica is a genus of eusocial paper wasps found throughout Central and South American tropics. These wasps are nocturnal, carrying out their foraging activities at night. They prefer to construct their nests, which have an open comb like many paper wasps, under large leaves, or in shrubs. During the day, wasps covering the comb fan their wings to cool the nest, keeping it at a suitable temperature for larval development. When attacking prey, Apoica release a drop of venom from their stings, which in turn attracts any nearby wasps to attack.
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A tomato hornworm covered with cocoons of pupating braconid wasps. Most braconids are primary parasitoids (both external and internal) on other insects, especially upon the larval stages of Coleoptera, Diptera, and Lepidoptera, but also some hemimetabolous insects such as aphids, Heteroptera, or Embiidina. Most species kill their hosts, though some cause the hosts to become sterile and less active.