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Blue-winged wasp

Scolia dubia


These wasps nectar on flowers in late summer and early fall


Females burrow into ground in search of grubs, particularly those of the green June beetle, Cotinis nitida, and the Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica. The wasp stings the grub and frequently burrows farther down to construct a cell and lay an egg on the host. The larva pupates and overwinters inside the body of the host.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 26, 2012

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