The marshlands of Muddlety Creek are alive with tiny wings as the cloud softened light spreads through the landscape. And what better place to find the swamp milkweed than a swamp? Although we normally associate milkweed with the Monarch and Viceroy Butterflies it’s sweet effervescence draws in many pollinators. To most of us the idea of a wasp being beneficial can seem a little strange at first. We tend to imagine the paper wasp that builds its nest on our houses and develops an attitude problem as it gets “broody” throughout the summer. But that’s actually not the majority of wasp species. And especially not true for the Great Golden Digger Wasp. In fact the male Golden Digger doesn’t even have a stinger. They do get a little territorial and will bluff you if you pressure them but in general this species is pretty passive.
For the most part this wasp would rather spend the day sipping nectar. The Golden Digger Wasp has fur which is pretty unique among wasps and actually improves the chances of carrying pollen between flowers. However, unlike honeybees and solitary bees she doesn’t feed pollen or nectar to her babies. Instead she’ll feed them crickets and katydids. As the name implies she digs several holes and then goes on the hunt for crickets and katydids. The female is the only one that has a sting and it’s a special neurotoxin that paralyzes her prey. She’ll actually use her antenna like tentacles to help carry the paralyzed insect back to a hole. But before she can drag the victim into her tunnel she has to inspect the tunnel and make sure that it’s a perfect nursery for her baby. In fact science has discovered that she’s a little OCD about this. In experiments scientists discovered that if they moved her paralyzed victim while she’s in the tunnel that she’ll drag it back to the place where she left it and start her inspection all over again. In each experiment with different female Digger Wasps they never failed to start over in this way.
Everything has to be perfect because once she lays a single egg on her prey she closes the tunnel and never returns. In this way the Great Golden Digger Wasp both pollinates the plants and controls the pests that damage them. So when you see the Great Golden Digger Wasp don’t reach for the spray. They’re actually making the world a better place for us.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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