Monday, November 8, 2010

Great Golden Digger Wasp

My Tropical Milkweed plants are not just popular with the butterflies.  The Great Golden Digger Wasp has been busy most of the afternoon. I’ve seen two of them working hard on the flowers.001cs


The adults drink nectar.


They are a beneficial insect for the garden. They don’t have hives like other wasps…they paralyze an insect and put it in a burrow..then lay an egg in it. It becomes food for the young.

They didn’t seem to mind me taking pictures of them…they weren't aggressive towards me…

They are really quite pretty.


  1. I wouldn't want to get stung by one of those; he looks quite big. A beauty though.

  2. Hi Carol, I've heard a few people on my blog calling wooly worms, wooly bears. I had never heard that before. Where does it come from ? Florida???? Quite interesting...

    Those wasps are enjoying their dinner, aren't they???? Great macros and video!!!!


  3. Betsy...I heard it in the VT,NH,NY area. I spent most of my life in the NE. Didn't move to FL until 1990.


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