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Question of the Week – Ensign Wasp, Roach killer

Posted by romeethredge on October 1, 2015

Last week I had a small wasp for you to identify.

It is called an Ensign Wasp, because it waves it’s abdomen like a flag.

 The female Ensign wasps find a cockroach egg capsule and lay a single egg inside it. The wasp egg hatches and eats all the roaches inside the egg case, then emerges from the egg capsule (it chews a hole in the capsule to get out), mates and begins to look for another cockroach egg capsule. It prefers American cockroach egg capsules but will also parasitize smokybrown and similar roach egge capsules.

UGA Entomologist Dan Suiter says, “They do not sting humans. They’re very benefical. Don’t kill them.”

wasp 2015

This week I want you to identify an old dam, that Daddy and I recently visited.  Where were we?




2 Responses to “Question of the Week – Ensign Wasp, Roach killer”

  1. Bobby Bass said

    Glad you finally made it…..You made it to the South side too… HAHAHA

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