An Uncivilized Relic

7 April 2011 8 Comments Home » Insects etc.

A hard-bitten torymid lives in two worlds at once,
an uncivilized relic,
all she needs is an alibi.

A hard-bitten torymid wasp

Wasp | Torymidae


  • Manfred said:

    Wow, fantastic.

  • Deanna said:

    That’s really beautiful, Rick.

  • Marla said:

    Honest officer, she was with me all night!

    Very nice, Rick. Sorry we missed your presentation last night.

  • Diane said:

    If she promises not to sting me, I’ll provide her with an alibi. She looks serene, relaxed, graceful.

  • Rick said:

    No stinger, Diane. That’s an ovipositor, for laying eggs.

    Most wasps don’t sting, and are beneficial

  • Diane said:

    My apologies, she is sweet and the shot is intriguing. I had a few (3 to be exact) run ins with yellow jackets (members of the wasp family) and they shared their stingers with me.

  • Rick said:

    Out of the thousands of wasp species, only a few are harmful to us. Most people never notice the others, and most are tiny.

  • Diane said:

    Most are fascinating to me, a bit scary too, but love the lazy way wasps move. I like this little one you captured. I’ve never observed one this tiny, the blade of grass seems to take on the color of the wasp, wild!

    Thanks for the extra info, love to learn!
    (Oddly, 1st sting: Burroughs! At the stables up the road!)

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