The Business End

Eastern Cicada-killer Wasps (Sphecius speciosus) mating.The larger female is holding onto the leaf, the smaller male dangling.
Obviously a strong bond.
A different kind of wasp entirely, but note that back end…
This is a Five-banded Thynnid Wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum). But, because this is a male, this isn’t a stinger. Stingers in the Hymenoptera are modified ovipositors: only females can sting. On the male, this is described as a pseudostinger.

1 Response to “The Business End”


  1. 1 Chuck McAlexander August 5, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Pseudo stinger or not, I’ll observe from a bit of a distance


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