Bellevue, Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy County, Nebraska, USA
July 29, 2007
Size: approximately 1"
At the suggestion of Dr. Matthias Buck we are sending these photos of Parazumia symmorpha. This is the second record for Nebraska, the first being our photo (#61242). The wasp was photographed in Fontenelle Forest (northeast part of the county) on a boardwalk leading to a marsh. It was exploring these holes in the boardwalk made by countersunk screws. The hole in the photos seemed to be favored by the wasp because each time it flew it came back to the same hole. The hole was 11 mm in diameter and 14 mm deep. It was entering the hole repeatedly and extracting material that it left around the hole. Both photos show some of the debris removed by the wasp.
Loren and Babs Padelford
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