To help with the Nature Conservancy Of Canada five nation; “Bioblitz” we spent some time in Arboretum identifying species … this was one of the stars. Their caterpillars grow on wild violets on the edges of woodland.
Facing off on the flowers of a wild carrot plant with an ant. Who will back down first?
I had some difficulty identifying this fellow but with a little external assistance pinned it down as a ‘Weevil Wasp’ … a future contributor to the 1000 Species Project when I have done some more reading up on them.
Nor is it a locally found insect. There have been lots of scary photos in the press in recent weeks of giant, orange “murder hornets” appearing out Vancouver-way. This is not one of those (which anyway spend their time murdering hive bees rather than bee keepers and their friends) but it is a similar looking, but half size, version from central Europe. In this case enjoyed in eastern Austria.
There has been a cluster of nymphal forms of these true bugs on the milkweed patch in front of the house for some time now. Those that have not been made into snacks for birds and the like have now found a mature seed capsule and were busily making their way to the interior.
“All it will take is one more heave, chaps. On the count of three, now … ”