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Bent Winged Owlet Moth

Scientific Name: Bleptina caradrinalis

Family: Erebidae

Native Range: North, Central and northern South America, Pennsylvania*

Size: Wingspan: 22–32 millimetres (0.87–1.26 in)*

Active: June to August*

Color and Appearance: Drab browns and gray.

August 14, 2020: Wikipedia notes that “larva feed on barberry, clover, and hickory.”* Since we have lots of clover in our lawn they seem to be a common moth when I am cutting the grass. I photographed this one when it jumped out of the way of the lawn mower.

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleptina_caradrinalis)

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European Paper Wasp

Scientific Name: Polistes dominula

Family: Vespidae

Native Range: Europe. Invasive in North America, Pennsylvania

Size: Male wing length: 9.5 – 13.0 mm (0.37 to 0.51 in); Females wing length: 8.5 – 12.0 mm (0.33 to 0.47 in)

Active: Over-wintering queens begin nest building in early spring and start laying eggs in early March or April. Nests disperse in late summer. Founder queens and males overwinter.

Color and Appearance: Black and yellow

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Mexican Grass-Carrying Wasp

Scientific Name: Isodontia mexicana

Family: Sphecidae

Native Range: North America, Pennsylvania*

Size: 18–20 millimetres (0.71–0.79 in)*

Active: Early summer – early fall*

Color and Appearance: “The body is completely black, the thorax is quite hairy and the wings have a smoky-brown color.”*

From iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/203340-Isodontia-mexicana)

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Rusty Spider Wasp

Scientific Name: Tachypompilus ferrugineus

Family: Pompilidae

Native Range: North, Central, and South America, Pennsylvania*

Size: 15–25 mm (0.59–0.98 in)*

Active:

Color and Appearance: “A mostly reddish-brown wasp, with four narrow dark bands circling the abdomen, and with violet-blue wings.”*

Rusty spider wasps prey on spiders, especially wolf spiders.*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachypompilus_ferrugineus)

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Polistes Wasp

Scientific Name: Polistes sp.

Family: Vespidae

Native Range: Species native to North America and Europe, Pennsylvania*

Size:

Active:

Color and Appearance: Yellow and black*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polistes)

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Physocephala furcillata Fly

Scientific Name: Physocephala furcillata

Family: Conopidae

Native Range: Northeastern United States and southern Canada, Pennsylvania*

Size: 10-12 mm (0.39 – 0.47 in)*

Active: July – August*

Color and Appearance: “Blackish…but often with subtle bronze or reddish-brown overtones. Discal cell hyaline, costal cell light brown. White spots on shoulder pads small to absent. No white marks on thorax sides. Cheeks black, facial grooves pale.”*

Adults eat nectar. The larva are believed to be parasites on bees.*

*From BugGuide.net (https://bugguide.net/node/view/687895)

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Noble Scoliid Wasp

Scientific Name: Scolia nobilitata

Family: Scoliidae

Native Range: Southern United States, Pennsylvania

Size: 10-15 mm (0.39 – 0.59 in)

Active: Summer – early fall

Color and Appearance: “Small scoliid with dark wings and reddish legs; abdomen dark with 4-6 light yellow/orange spots”*

*From BugGuide.net (https://bugguide.net/node/view/26760)

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Four-Banded Stink Bug Hunter Wasp

Scientific Name: Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus

Family: Crabronidae

Native Range: Eastern North America, Pennsylvania*

Size: 17-19 mm (0.67 – 0.75 in)*

Active: Summer – Fall*

Color and Appearance: “The increasing distance between the pairs of tergal bands posterad is diagnostic.”*

Adults forage on flowers. Females paralyze true bugs and provision their nests with them.*

From BugGuide.net (https://bugguide.net/node/view/41983)

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Five Banded Thynnid Wasp

Scientific Name: Myzinum quinquecinctum

Family: Thynnidae

Native Range: East and Central United States, Pennsylvania

Size: 16–22 mm (0.63 – 0.87 in)

Active: Late spring – fall

Color and Appearance: “Both genders have the wings darkened evenly overall. Males have brown tinted wings. Females have orange tinted wings. Females have red antennae, including the flagellum. Sometimes you can see yellow coloring on the scape.”*

*From BugGuide.net (https://bugguide.net/node/view/109316)

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Common Eastern Physocephala Fly

Scientific Name: Physocephala tibialis

Family: Conopidae

Native Range: East United States, Pennsylvania*

Size: I observed them to be about 25 mm (1 in)

Active: July – August

Color and Appearance: “Adult body mostly black, with thin white, posterior bands on abdominal segments one and two; tibiae whitish at base.”*

Common Eastern Physocephala Wasps are flies that parasitize bees. They station themselves near flowers where they can find victims.*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physocephala_tibialis)