These have been flying around my plants recently, and I just started finding them all nice and digested in reopened fly traps. Anyone know what they are? They're shiny bluish-black.
Looks like a type of mud dauber.
-Joel from Southern California
Or a similar wasp. The vast majority of wasps are good to have around.
Bruce in CT
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http://bugguide.net/node/view/8607 ) and it looks just like that, too. Hard to tell the difference. Based on what the infos say, I'd assume it's the one you linked to. Thanks so much!
I find those ugly things sucking up the nectar on all my Sarracenia, yet they never get caught in the pitchers...they always seem to stay on the rim
I bring out Mr. Bugswatter every time they decide to sit down on the cement
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they eat spiders and caterpillars, depending on the species. I recently found a fallen nest full of larvae and paralyzed--but still alive--spiders for the larvaes food. nomnomnom. Very cool bugs.
Can these things sting (humans), like the wasps we're all familiar with? They don't seem to want to, as I've treated them as family when I'm out with my plants, but I'm wondering if the can.
they probably can sting you, but i doubt you would either feel it or if it would hurt very much. No clue though. It is very awsome indeed, you start realizing how everything and everything is interconnected, and it is amazing.
Be careful if you grow sarracenia, they will set up nests in the pitchers, chew holes through them, etc. I try to kill them when I see them, as they make my plants look bad :/. Unfortunately they are much harder to kill than caterpillars + mealybugs.