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Old 21-08-2003, 10:22 PM
Anne Lurie
 
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Default What has wings -- and digs???

Today, when I was watering some tomato plants in a raised bed filled with
soil-less mix, I noticed an insect digging a hole in the bed!

The thing was shiny blue/black, winged, and was happily digging away in the
nice light "dirt" -- making a larger hole than I would have associated
with an insect if I hadn't seen the critter in action.

Can anyone give me any hints? If I see it again, I'll try taking a picture
of it with my digital camera, so I'll have something to refer to.

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh




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Old 22-08-2003, 04:22 PM
Tim Rowles
 
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On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 21:17:35 GMT, "Anne Lurie"
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Today, when I was watering some tomato plants in a raised bed filled with
soil-less mix, I noticed an insect digging a hole in the bed!

The thing was shiny blue/black, winged, and was happily digging away in the
nice light "dirt" -- making a larger hole than I would have associated
with an insect if I hadn't seen the critter in action.



Female scoliid wasp looking for June beetle grubs?

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/no.../note12/note12

-- Tim
trowles at rtmx dot net




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Old 22-08-2003, 10:02 PM
Anne Lurie
 
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Yeah, it could have been a scoliid wasp, except I recall it was more like
1.5" than .5" as the website below describes. I don't recall seeing any
stripes either, but its wings were folded back while it was digging (it is
also known as "blue-winged wasp").

In any event, anything that preys on beetle grubs is welcome in my garden!

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh


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On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 21:17:35 GMT, "Anne Lurie"
wrote:

Today, when I was watering some tomato plants in a raised bed filled with
soil-less mix, I noticed an insect digging a hole in the bed!

The thing was shiny blue/black, winged, and was happily digging away in

the
nice light "dirt" -- making a larger hole than I would have associated
with an insect if I hadn't seen the critter in action.



Female scoliid wasp looking for June beetle grubs?

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/no.../note12/note12

-- Tim
trowles at rtmx dot net






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Old 23-08-2003, 10:22 PM
Anne Lurie
 
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Yep, Tim, you were exactly right, the critters are scoliid wasps -- today,
they were hovering over some plants & the markings were clearly evident.

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh

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On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 21:17:35 GMT, "Anne Lurie"
wrote:

Today, when I was watering some tomato plants in a raised bed filled with
soil-less mix, I noticed an insect digging a hole in the bed!

The thing was shiny blue/black, winged, and was happily digging away in

the
nice light "dirt" -- making a larger hole than I would have associated
with an insect if I hadn't seen the critter in action.



Female scoliid wasp looking for June beetle grubs?

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/no.../note12/note12

-- Tim
trowles at rtmx dot net






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Old 24-08-2003, 04:02 AM
Tim Rowles
 
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On Sat, 23 Aug 2003 21:19:47 GMT, "Anne Lurie"
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Yep, Tim, you were exactly right, the critters are scoliid wasps


Well, the reason I thought so is that I got 'em too. Good news
that they're munching on the Children of Evil; I suppose the bad
news is that there's enough grubs to keep the scoliids well fed.

-- Tim
trowles at rtmx dot net


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