What’s filling that hole?

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!

Here’s to Sharing the Buzz!

Soni

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About Soni Cochran

Mother, Wife, Grandma! I am an extension associate with the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. I work with urban pests and wildlife, youth programs and manage the office web site at http://lancaster.unl.edu. My degree is in education and I taught in rural public schools in Nebraska before coming to Nebraska Extension - UNL. I am Deputy Commander of the 155th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol in Lincoln - my focus is on public affairs, disaster relief and emergency services. Great organization of adults/teens serving this nation. Love my family, jobs, and sharing my love of nature and the outdoors with anyone who will listen.

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