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Bald-faced Hornet

Bug Bits Common Name: Bald-faced Hornet Scientific Name: Dolichovespula maculata Linnaeus Native to: Throughout North America Date Seen: August 2013 Location: North East of Calgary, Alberta Notes: This is not a true hornet – it is more closely related to yellow jackets. They have striking black and white markings and are a large size. They kill significant numbers of flies and occasionally yellow jackets. They make large, football-shaped paper nests that can be up to 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter and 23 inches (60 cm) in length. They are aggressive if they feel threatened and will sting repeatedly. They built this nest in a lilac bush near our house. Fortunately, we were able to coexist without causing each other any harm…

Flowers and Bugs in Arizona

I haven’t felt much like blogging for a few months now. Have I been Blue? Yes, some days. Other days, I’ve been seeing Red (but that is a post for another day). Very occasionally, I’m Mellow Yellow – (white wine can do that). For the past week or so I’ve been kind of Grey though – I’ve got a cold. I perked up, however, when I saw the Photo Challenge this week was Color (or Colour). So, what to choose for this theme? In the creepy crawly department, I found a scorpion in the bathroom the other day, but in my hurry to remove it from the house, I didn’t get a photo. I did, however, find this very handsome Large Milkweed Bug a few days later – well, actually I found lots of them and they were very absorbed with mating, so I had to wait for some time to take a picture that wouldn’t compromise their right to privacy. They are mostly black bugs, but they have bold red accents. Any colour – so …