Sunday, August 23, 2009

Great Black Wasp visits Gooseneck Loosestrifes near the garage

sphex pennsylvanica--actually, I don't care a lot about these latin names for their own sake, but it is a learning opportunity. I was amazed when this bug came swooping into the yard; it's a good inch and a half long and looks like you don't want to make it mad. Turns out, it kills cicadas as food for developing young. That would be exciting to watch, like gladiators or motha fighting godzilla in an old monster movie.

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