OK – so you probably know the photo at the top of this blog is of a bee nest box, but it is a little different. Most of the solitary bees aren’t going to be stuffing long blades of grass in the hole. We had an unexpected visitor to the bee nest box – an unusual insect few people get to see – a “grass-carrier” wasp of the genus Isodontia. This wasp hasn’t been recorded in Nebraska since 1920. The wasp gets its name because of its odd nesting habits. The female wasp fills nest cavities with grasses and other plants, and tree crickets which are food for its young. For more info, read the article at http://lancaster.unl.edu/NEBLINE/2009/july09/page07.pdf
When we have diverse, healthy landscapes, we encourage amazing wildlife no matter where we live! You can watch this amazing wasp filling the hole in the photo…. Enjoy!
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