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Posts Tagged: crabronid wasp

Why Beauty Is in the Eye of the Bee-Holder

A crabronid wasp or beewolf foraging on a pineapple sea lily (Eryngium horridum) at the Morningsun Herb Farm, Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Irish novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford was right. In Molly Bawn, published in 1878, Hungerford wrote "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," meaning that our perception of beauty is subjective. Beauty is also in the eye of the bee-holder, that is, a...

Wolf at Your Door

A beewolf, or crabronid wasp, on buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there you are, a little sweat bee, foraging in the buckwheat. You sip some nectar, and suddenly, a flash of yellow. A wolf is at your door. It's a beewolf, a crabronid wasp from the genus Philanthus, as identified by Lynn Kimsey, director of...

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM
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