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Blue-winged Wasp (male)

Scolia dubia

Description:

Medium-sized, very hairy wasp. Black, but half the abdomen red with two yellow spots. Wings black with bright blue or violet reflections.

Habitat:

Spotted several males nectaring on flowers in the butterfly garden at Starsmore Discovery Center. Elevation over 6,000 ft. Native habitat is mixed coniferous and deciduous woodland lining a riparian corridor.

Notes:

These wasps are parasitic on the grubs of scarab beetles.

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BugEric
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BugEric

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jan 10, 2013

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