POTD 7/30/21

July 30, 2021  •  1 Comment

A Wasp works a Chicory bloom along the road. In the Aster family, Chicory grows in fields and on roadsides. I could not identify the wasp, but from research determined it to be a wasp and not a bee since bees have hairy bodies and wasps have smooth ones.


Sorta looks like it only has one set of wings...any chance it was a bee-mimic fly? They are still important pollinators, and spend time in flowers, just like bees, bot have those big eyes and a single set of wings. There's a bit about them here: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/2019/06/14/wanna-bees/ or here: https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/flower-flies-syrphids
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