The Scoliid Wasp is a parasitic wasp that uses beetle grubs to feed it own young, even going so far as to use the grub's own lair for a nursery.
Making use of work done by beetle grubs, female Scoliid wasps are not ashamed to cut corners to maximize reproductive success. Beetle grubs dig underground to feed on roots and to pupate. Females find a tunnel and sting the beetle larva inside, paralyzing it. She then lays a fertilized egg vertically near the grub's rear. The wasp larva, once hatched, will feed on the immobile beetle larva until it grows and pupates, emerging as an adult wasp in the spring. The grub does not survive.
Male and female adults do not look identical to each other though their markings are similar. The black abdomen has rugged bands of yellow that look like distant mountain ranges painted on a midnight sky. Males are more slender while females have a plumper abdomen. Both can be found visiting flowers presumably to drink nectar.
Scientific Name: Campsomeris plumipes fossulana
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 25mm (0.59in to 0.98in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.