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Is it possible to identify a worm being carried by a depicted wasp?

Wikimedia has a picture of a Ancistrocerus trifasciatus / mason wasp carrying a kind of worm: Is it possible to tell what exactly kind of worm it is, based only on the above image, number of worm's ...
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What species of insect is this, spotted south-east of Berlin? Habitat: forest near lake shore, Size: body 40mm, w/o antennas and ovipositor

This insect has been spotted south-east of Berlin (2021-10-31).
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Can wasps see under moonlight?

It appears that the best time to attack a wasp nest is in the middle of the night. Their venom might terrorize us (my five-day old sting remains swollen and is starting to have red bumps in an area ...
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Identify a large wasp (?) from southern Poland

This insect has appeared "out of nowhere" in one of my rooms. Can you help me identify it? Details: location: Katowice, Upper Silesia, southern Poland, eastern Europe (46.42 N, 17.78 E), ...
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Why are fairyflies so small?

The Mymaridae are the smallest insects. This video explains their numerous adaptations to being as small as 140 microns yet still complex, such as smaller cells with as little cytoplasm as possible, ...
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Which ant/wasp species is that?

Anybody knows which species (or genus, family...) of ant/wasp is that? It's from Brazilian Amazon (Upper Negro River, Amazonas state). About 2-3 cm long (about one inch), maybe. It was walking on the ...
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How do *Polistes sulcifer* (cuckoo paper wasp) eggs hatch so quickly?

The Polistes sulcifer wasp is a brood parasitic species, which parasitizes colonies of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus. During an extremely brief time window in the spring, just before the P. ...
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Large Alpine Hymenopteran Seen in the White Mountains

I was hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, USA, and at the peak of Mount Eisenhower saw a number of large bee-like insects. They appeared to be nesting in a rock cairn, and were strikingly ...
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How would evolution explain parastitic wasps? [duplicate]

I read this article about wasps that can do "brain surgery" on cockroaches. https://www.wired.com/2014/02/absurd-creature-of-the-week-jewel-wasp/ How does evolution create such a thing? The brain ...
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Evolution of hunting behavior of parasitoid wasps

Wasps in the genus Pepsis lay their eggs in a specific region on a species of tarantula and their larvae eat the tarantula organs in a specific sequence to keep it alive as long as possible. How ...
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Would wasps ever give up on defending their nest against live threat that ignores them?

When I accidentally disturbed a wasps' nest, it was an unpleasant experience. They got everywhere - under my clothes, in my hair etc. However, in the aftermath - since I'm not allergic to their ...
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Which species of bee or wasp are in this photo?

Please tell me what do you think :) The photo is from Santander, Colombia. I didn’t take any closeups photos 😞, but these were little bees, like 5 x 1 mm. The tube didn’t seem man-made, it was ...
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What species of wasp is this? And how to get rid of them?

Yesterday while moving a chair in my garden I got stung by a group of wasps. During the night I went hunting for their nests and managed to neutralize 3 of them: one was in the chair's legs, about the ...
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Is it possible to identify the wasp species/family by the nest?

I've seen a weird looking wasp nest recently. Here's the picture: I'm saying weird because it's the first time I see a nest that isn't a ball made of grey paper. Although this one is also made of ...
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Can you help me identifying an insect I saw?

I'm a student of biology and yesterday we went to the fields to collect some plants for our herbariums. Suddenly one student of our group said that he saw a very strange bug that he thought that was ...
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why can a queen wasp sting many times but a worker bee can only sting once?

wasp queen and workers can each sting you several times but a bee can only sting you once. As all of the stings have barbs on them, how can this happen?
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Wasp? Wicked looking bug

Saw this bug this morning in Colorado. Looks like a giant wasp.
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Is this is a parasitic wasp, which I found in Blackpool Lancashire?

A wasp I photographed on my van window in Blackpool just before it attacked me. Is it true that it’s rare to see them in the UK?
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What type of wasp is this?

I've been trying to match this wasp to photos, but it seems like every species has something that doesn't quite match up. I killed it in my home in Indiana, USA. My best guess is a Northern Paper Wasp ...
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Can Wasps smell fear?

There are two conflicting things I have heard. One more anecdotal: Wasps can smell when you are afraid of them The other from reading popular science magacines: Humans don't produce any ...
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Does anyone know what insect is this?

Living in Brasília, central Brazil; currently experiencing rainy warm/hot days.
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Is this a nest and which wasp species?

A friend found this stuck to his insect screen today. He said it felt like dust. This wasp/bee was alive. Location is Germany. Is this a nest? First look: After peeling it open:
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Need help identifying this wasp/hornet

I am currently on holiday in southern France and have noticed that the house we are staying in has somewhat of a hornet/wasp problem. Is there anybody that can help in identifying it? My best guess ...
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What is this red and white striped wasp?

I saw this dead wasp in a park in Hong Kong.
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Wasp nest destroyed by some big wasp like insect: is that the queen?

I had a small wasp nest in my bathroom. Initially there were only two to three wasps but the number increased to eight. Today morning a big wasp-like insect (shown in the image below) came to the ...
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Solitary wasp larval behavior

Once placed in proximity to its future meal, how long does it take for the larva of a solitary parasitic wasp to begin feeding? I have several books on wasp behavior, but none address the time ...
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Which organism built this 2 cm long sandy tube?

I found this tube and wondered which animal built it. It is 2 cm long and has an entrance/exit hole on one side. The material seems to be sandy. I assume it is for breeding purposes. Before finding ...
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Can you identify this Illinois wasp?

I live in northern Illinois and had these guys appearing in my room. No facial markings and they seem non agressive. About 2cm in length with off white u shaped markings below it's waist and a single ...
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What is this wasp?

We live in central New York and these large (1.25") wasps are invading our house pretty regularly. I want to say it's a great black wasp, but the pale yellow striping makes me wonder. A sample ...
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What is this bee/wasp nest?

Perhaps this is a tropical wasp. Can you identify it? Is it artificial?
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What is this insect in North Carolina?

This insect is in my house in North Carolina, USA. I think it shares similar body features of that of a wasp, but it is far too narrow and has what appears to be a long stinger. What is it?
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Does a queen wasp sting also have poison?

Last night I got sting by a wasp and because of the time of the year I suppose it is a queen. But usually it swells and hurts for a day after it, but this time nothing happened only that I woke up of ...
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How did parasitoid wasps evolve their life cycle?

I know there are a variety of wasps with various strategies for acquiring and controlling hosts. Do these form a rough picture of how these life cycles could have developed in the first place? What is ...
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Is it possible to estimate the age of a wasp nest by its size?

Long story, but briefly I am debating knocking down a paper wasp nest. I don't want to kill the wasps, because (1) they're beneficial wasps, and (2) I would not have even known they were there, except ...
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Are wasps attracted to a sting

A little backstory, I was trying to get something that was in a little wooded bit at the back of my garden and stepped on a swarm of wasps was stung 3 times and got out of there but I brought 8 wasps ...
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What wasp like insect breeds in clay pots with dead spiders?

I found several small clay pots of oval/cigar shape roughly 2cm long in a rarely used window in the house, because a wasp like insect was flying into a small cavity of the window. I removed one and ...
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How do I offer a generous gift to sweet-seeking wasps, bees, hornets, bumble-bees?

I was having ice coffee and melon ice and after visiting the lavatory I saw that a wasp was having a good time with my already finished ice coffee. Trying to begin the melon ice the wasp kindly ...
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How large might a paper wasp nest become?

About two weeks ago I noticed a new wasp nest in my back yard. I generally leave them as long as they aren't interfering with anything, but this nest has suddenly grown quite large and they are ...
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How do paper wasp larvae not fall from their nest?

There is now a paper wasp nest hanging from the eaves of my bedroom. Not very big, I supposed about a hundred chambers and about 7 to 10 adults in total. I observe it every now and then. It just ...
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