Blue wasp? And wasp larva?
Lately outside i've been seeing some metallic blue wasps! I see them very rarely, but i've seen around 8 in the past year. They look like any other wasp, but they are completely blue! Kinda like a denim color. Can anyone explain this? Or is it like maggots, when they are exposed to a lot of colored stuff, their fly wings are that color?
Also, what to wasps come from? What are wasp larva? I've always heard they were mealworms, but i've read otherwise. Can someone please explain a wasp's metamorphosis?
- michael971Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
I think you are seeing a wasp called
Steel Blue Cricket Hunter.
They are common and found in a large part of the United States.
I have posted some links
The females dig a hole in the ground and then sting a cricket which does not kill it but paralyzes it.
She puts the cricket in the hole and lays eggs on it.
They hatch out as larva which are like maggots. They eat the cricket and then go into a pupae stage like a caterpillar goes through a coccon.
They spend the winter in the hole and then next spring they emerge as an adult wasp..
The adults visit flowers to feed on the nectar which is rich in sugar.Source(s): http://www.no-pest.com/SphecidWasps.htm http://bugguide.net/node/view/86071 http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/sphecidwasps/chl... http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/48995737 http://www.mchenry.edu/Faculty/mgarriso/FieldGuide...
- 1 decade ago
is it Blowfly - Family Calliphoridae
take a look at pictures here
some metallic dark blue-green insects...