Time For Some Wasps?

Isodontia elegans. iNaturalist doesn’t use a common name for this species, but elsewhere it’s Elegant Grass-carrying Wasp..
Confoundingly difficult to get photos of this one. Common Blue Mud-dauber Wasp (Chalybion californicum).
Trypoxylon genus square-headed wasp. A spider-hunter, perhaps?
Distinctive enough: Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens).
Common Hover Fly Parasitoid Wasp (Diplazon laetatorius) probably looking for hoverfly larvae.
Whoa! Two different Guinea Paper Wasps (Polistes exclamans). First I’ve seen these, and the first iNaturalist record in Brooklyn. They’re evidently moving their way up north as the world burns. They’re already recorded further out on Long Island and north of the city in Westchester Co.


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5 Responses to “Time For Some Wasps?”


  1. 1 Colin Purrington July 6, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I hadn’t realized there was a common name for Isodontia elegans. Definitely going to start using it.

    • 2 mthew July 6, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      I don’t remember where I picked that up originally, but I got Heather Holm’s Wasps, A Guide for Eastern North America, in the mail today, and she uses it.

  2. 3 elwnyc July 6, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Love these. May I add the photos to my own personal wasp field guide*? I think I only have a couple of these already.

    *a file in my pictures with wasp photos, names, and if available, information

  3. 5 Monica M July 7, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Wasps are so interesting! I enjoy watching them build their “nurseries”, on the siding of my house.


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