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Black & Yellow Body - Blue Wings - Wasplike Shape - Euodynerus bidens - female

Black & Yellow Body - Blue Wings - Wasplike Shape - Euodynerus bidens - Female
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
March 21, 2009
Perched on an elderberry leaf.
9:45 AM
Fairly lethargic
About the size a bumblebee although not as big in diameter.
From some views, the wings appeared a deep blue - iridescent.

I will attach two more views.

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Black & Yellow Body - Blue Wings - Wasplike Shape - Euodynerus bidens - female Black & Yellow Body - Blue Wings - Wasplike Shape - Euodynerus bidens Black & Yellow Body - Blue Wings - Wasplike Shape - Euodynerus bidens

Euodynerus bidens - female
White spots on temples and propodeum are distinctive vs the otherwise very similar Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens).
She was still sunbasking, recovering from the cool night she had most likely spent on this tree, hence the lethargic behavior. You found her at the right place and the right time to take these breathtaking pics. Thank you for sharing them on BG.

 
Thanks. Fun to read about it.
Since someone commented that they only see them in wet areas, I will mention that this one was perched just a few yards from the edge of the current swamp water line.

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