Some Quality Time at the Wasp Tree

To the Cowling Arboretum. After admiring the Cobra Clubtail tree, where a dozen or so male dragonflies perched on sunlit maple leaves on branches overhanging the river, I walked the trails through floodplain forest to open prairie and back.

On the way back, I remembered to look at the wasp tree where I'd observed a parasitic wood wasp on May 28th. Noticing several of these same wasps, I waded through the raspberry brambles and took a seat on one of the fallen logs at the base of the wasp tree. The wiry spine-waisted ants went about their labors. A large metallic wood-boring beetle uncamouflaged itself, then ambled off toward the dark side of the tree. The wood wasps, black with ivory markings on their legs, landed on the bare wood of the dead tree and raced about like large, hyperactive ants, stopping and starting, changing directions often. They came and went, one after another, and often several at the same time. I settled in for some quality time at the wasp tree.

After a little while of watching the wasps at eye-level, I noticed closer to the base of the tree near my feet a larger wood wasp with a bright red abdomen---a second species!

While the wood wasps were the anchor for this meditative pause in the middle of my daily hike, the sails of the senses were filled by all the other activity here. Instead of proceeding through the world, I sat and witnessed the procession.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 09 de junio de 2017

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 02:12 PM CDT

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Horned Powder-post Beetle
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 02:03 PM CDT

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Snout Beetle
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 02:04 PM CDT

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Robber Fly, exuvia
found protruding from dead tree
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota
TL=16mm

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 01:55 PM CDT

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Robber Fly, exuvia
found protruding from dead tree
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota
TL=12.5mm

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 11:29 AM CDT

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Robber Fly, exuvia
protruding from hole in standing dead tree
several dozen on this one tree
and two different species of Laphria adults observed here as well
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 11:36 AM CDT

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Robber Fly
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 11:34 AM CDT

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Parasitic Wood Wasp
several observed
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 11:29 AM CDT

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Parasitic Wood Wasp
a half dozen, possibly more, observed
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 10:17 AM CDT

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Cobra Clubtail
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 09:38 AM CDT

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Midland Clubtail
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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Qué

Rayadora Luctuosa (Libellula luctuosa)

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scottking

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Junio 8, 2017 09:41 AM CDT

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Widow Skimmer
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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