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Hairy Flower Wasp

Gosh, I keep seeing new creatures in my garden! This one was quite scary and I thought it was a hornet – not that I would know, never having seen a hornet. Nevertheless, I took photos of this huge black and gold wasp. The first few images were a bit shaky!

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the Campsomeris species is identified by its kidney-shaped eyes

Reading up on it later, I discovered it is a hairy flower wasp, a solitary fellow and a nectar drinker. They are not aggressive as they have no nest to defend. The female is designed to dig and the larvae feeds inside a paralysed host – usually a beetle grub.  Yuk.

hairy flower wasp on clover blossom

hairy flower wasp on clover blossom

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Nikon D3000, on auto

The fringes on its body remind me of those flapper dresses of the 1920s. I’ve seen pictures, I’m not that old!

Thanks for looking!  ❤

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8 thoughts on “Hairy Flower Wasp

  1. sue ouzounis says:

    Yeah, we’ve ALL seen the same pictures. I wonder why mother nature dresses some of her creatures in such costumes, surely the fringes have no benefit to the wasp.

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