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Two Predators, One Prey

A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes you just can't win for losing. This morning a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) began drying its damp wings,  preparing for flight. It had just emerged from its chrysalis. Soon it would be off to do...

A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM
Tags: eat (1), European paper wasp (14), passionflower vine (35), praying mantis (87), predator (15), prey (21)

Wasp Love!

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, foraging for food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Wasp love." You don't hear those two words often, but you'll hear them often from Amy Toth, who's hoping that the hashtag, #wasplove, will draw attention to the wonderful world of wasps. Toth, known for her work on bee and wasp behavior,genomics, and...

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, foraging for food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, foraging for food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, foraging for food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Amy Toth with a favorite wasp. (Photo courtesy of Iowa State University)
Amy Toth with a favorite wasp. (Photo courtesy of Iowa State University)

Amy Toth with a favorite wasp. (Photo courtesy of Iowa State University)

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Quit Mimicking Me!

This wasp mimic is actually a fly, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Last weekend a little critter made its first-ever appearance in our family bee garden. It was neither a grand entrance nor a grand insect.    "A fly!" I thought, as I looked at its knoblike bristle or arista on the end of each antenna....

This wasp mimic is actually a fly, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This wasp mimic is actually a fly, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This wasp mimic is actually a fly, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Davis photographer Allan Jones captured this fantastic  image of the wasp mimic, Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Davis photographer Allan Jones captured this fantastic image of the wasp mimic, Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Davis photographer Allan Jones captured this fantastic image of the wasp mimic, Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanic, which looks a lot like the wasp mimic, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanic, which looks a lot like the wasp mimic, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanic, which looks a lot like the wasp mimic, genus Ceriana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. A syrphid fly mimics this. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. A syrphid fly mimics this. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. A syrphid fly mimics this. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Wasp Attack

European paper wasp targets a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're trying to rear Gulf Fritillary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae), expect the expected: predators. It doesn't take long for European paper wasps (Polistes dominula) to find the butterfly's host plant, the passionflower vine (Passsiflora) and...

European paper wasp targets a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasp targets a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp targets a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp attacks a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp attacks a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp attacks a crippled Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The injured abdomen of the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatle Garvey)
The injured abdomen of the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatle Garvey)

The injured abdomen of the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatle Garvey)

European paper wasp grips the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasp grips the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp grips the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM

The Terminator

A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here you are, a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, chowing down on the leaves of a passionflower vine. Your mother laid an egg, you hatched into a caterpillar, and you're eating as much as you can before you spin into a chrysalis and then emerge, as a...

A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European paper wasp tears apart the caterpillar, food for its young. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The European paper wasp tears apart the caterpillar, food for its young. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European paper wasp tears apart the caterpillar, food for its young. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

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