I was walking through my backyard when something blue caught my eye. There on the trunk of the dead palm tree (killed in the freeze last winter) was a wasp with metallic blue wings. I stopped to get a closer look. My eyes were correct but I have never seen such a bug. Being the nature lover that I am I ran into the house to get the camera. It was still in the same spot. I then balanced myself with one knee in the grass and took the photo. I felt a pin prick on my leg as I arose. Soon I found out that I had fire ants on my leg. Photographing the blue winged wasp had turned into a painful experience. Fire ants can crawl on you before you realize it and sting as you swat them off. The venom is very painful and leaves welts. Within a short period of time tiny blisters are formed. They itch immensely and the torture usually lasts for several days time. I am also allergic to bee stings so it probably wasn’t the best idea I ever had anyway! I had never imagined fire ants in the scenario.
Since then I have looked up information about this beautiful blue trouble maker. It is called Scoliid dubia otherwise known as the blue winged wasp. They are beneficial insects because they help control green June beetles and other grubs. Adult Scoliid wasps feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers. They are not known to sting unless harmed. The blue winged wasps are often seen resting on plants and burrow into the ground at night.
I hope you enjoy the photos I took of this small creature in my yard. There have been several nights of restlessness with the ant bites on my part. Sharing this with you has made it worth it to me!
Life, living in Texas!