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09-30-2017, 12:28 PM - 1 Like   #166
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wasp pollinating an astor at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
wasp pollinating an astor at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

Cool! A Monobia wasp, they're late-season predators. I never see them earlier than September. Monobia quadridens is the common one here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Cool! A Monobia wasp, they're late-season predators. I never see them earlier than September. Monobia quadridens is the common one here.
thanks for the id

just read about them pretty interesting info

apparently known as a great pollinator and predator of caterpillars as well
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Yeah, I think that's where all the tussock moth caterpillars go this time of year...
Without wasps we'd have serious problems with our gardens.

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Smartweed or knotweed is a weedy little plant with pink flower heads. Like many other weedy flowers, it's really important for insects. Many of these flowers are also beautiful when viewed up close.
Here's a Hyleaus bee on smartweed:
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Ceratina bee on smartweed:
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Some more familiar wasps - Polistes fuscata. These are the black/yellos/brown paper wasps you'll see everywhere, they're such calm subjects too.

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A praying mantis, sitting in the ivy. It was keeping an eye on the lens inching closer and closer.

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I think this is a scorpion fly doing a terrible job of hiding behind a twig.
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Two visitors to my black-eyed Susans, both looking for something to eat.
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As of a few days ago the potted flowers were still attracting some visitors.
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An old shot of a Dogbane Beetle, one of the first taken with my (then) new Tamron 90mm macro and K-r.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
An old shot of a Dogbane Beetle, one of the first taken with my (then) new Tamron 90mm macro and K-r.

Dogbane Beetles are such great subjects!
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any one who has take photos of insects for a long period care to confirm or quibble with this?

Insect Armageddon - The New York Times
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