Beneficial Bug of the Day:  Ensign Wasps:  Family Evaniidae
Ensign wasps are small black parasitoid wasps, with blue eyes and triangular abdomens that they love to bob up and down.  They may look strange, but they are highly beneficial.
Luckily for us, these strange looking wasps are picky eaters.  They specialize on cockroach egg cases.  They lay their eggs in the cases for their young to consume upon hatching.  One female ensign wasps can essentially wipe out thousands of future generations of cockroaches.  That means if you see one of these girls in your home, leave her be!  She is far more valuable than any exterminator!
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Beneficial Bug of the Day:  Ensign Wasps:  Family Evaniidae

Ensign wasps are small black parasitoid wasps, with blue eyes and triangular abdomens that they love to bob up and down.  They may look strange, but they are highly beneficial.

Luckily for us, these strange looking wasps are picky eaters.  They specialize on cockroach egg cases.  They lay their eggs in the cases for their young to consume upon hatching.  One female ensign wasps can essentially wipe out thousands of future generations of cockroaches.  That means if you see one of these girls in your home, leave her be!  She is far more valuable than any exterminator!

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One of the many species of endemic Galapagos Mocking birds.

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One of the many species of endemic Galapagos Mocking birds.

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There are never enough great herpetology blogs!  My herpetologist friend, Tanja, just started a Tumblr!  She also went to the Amazon with me, where she found this lovely frog, among many other amazing critters!  Check her out!

There are never enough great herpetology blogs!  My herpetologist friend, Tanja, just started a Tumblr!  She also went to the Amazon with me, where she found this lovely frog, among many other amazing critters!  Check her out!

It’s official!!!!  I am going back to the Amazon!!  I hit the goal thanks to everyone’s generous pledges towards science!    I will receive all funding for this research after this point.

THANK you for supporting science!

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Omg I went to Mary's shop. Where you got your bandana. She has things with lil pill bugs (what I call potato bugs) on them. Those are my favorite bugs :D I just couldn't believe it.

I call them rolly-pollies!  I think you’re talking of the crustaceans, yes?  Damn common names making things difficult..hahah    Yes, Mary’s stuff is awesome!

This tarantula girl lives in my new lab.  Prior to joining the lab, I had heard numerous times, “how mean she is”.   Well, apparently that was bullshit.  She was totally docile about being handled, and she’s all cute with her bald butt (maybe her little ass is bald because no one pays any attention to her?! :) ).     Well, she was collected in Black Canyon, Arizona (north of Phoenix).  Our best species species guess is Aphonopelma chalcodes, the Arizona desert blonde tarantula.   If anyone is an expert on the tarantula family, I’d love to hear from you!  

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This tarantula girl lives in my new lab.  Prior to joining the lab, I had heard numerous times, “how mean she is”.   Well, apparently that was bullshit.  She was totally docile about being handled, and she’s all cute with her bald butt (maybe her little ass is bald because no one pays any attention to her?! :) ).     Well, she was collected in Black Canyon, Arizona (north of Phoenix).  Our best species species guess is Aphonopelma chalcodes, the Arizona desert blonde tarantula.   If anyone is an expert on the tarantula family, I’d love to hear from you! 

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I absolutely LOVE my new original bug bandana from Mary Capaldi, at Moth Monarch!   I also love all the original bug-inspired art she makes. 

Mary is offering 10% off for buggirl’s followers!!  How cool is that?!?!

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Happy bug shopping! 

Thank you, Lintouse for your generous donation towards my research!  Here is a Saturniid Moth since they are your favorite.  Also, I LOVE that backpack you made!  So awesome!  
Rothschild Silk Moth, Mindo, Ecuador
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Thank you, Lintouse for your generous donation towards my research!  Here is a Saturniid Moth since they are your favorite.  Also, I LOVE that backpack you made!  So awesome! 

Rothschild Silk Moth, Mindo, Ecuador

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Thank you, Corymorpha for your generous donation towards my research!  I love your katydid post!
Salticid spider- jumping spider, in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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Thank you, Corymorpha for your generous donation towards my research!
  I love your katydid post!

Salticid spider- jumping spider, in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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"Here it is! It’s really weird, I’ve never seen anything like it before."- WelshSwords
Hi! 
I am fairly certain this is an Ichneumonid Wasp.  These wasps are parasitoids, which means they use their ovipositor (egg laying organ/stinger) to insert into prey- usually a caterpillar.  They young wasps then hatch and consume the prey from the inside-out..usually while it is alive.  This gruesome practice makes these wasps very beneficial.  They are often used as biological control agents.  Adults eat nectar.  And most ichneumonids are unable to sting.   Lovely animals.

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"Here it is! It’s really weird, I’ve never seen anything like it before."- WelshSwords

Hi! 

I am fairly certain this is an Ichneumonid Wasp.  These wasps are parasitoids, which means they use their ovipositor (egg laying organ/stinger) to insert into prey- usually a caterpillar.  They young wasps then hatch and consume the prey from the inside-out..usually while it is alive.  This gruesome practice makes these wasps very beneficial.  They are often used as biological control agents.  Adults eat nectar.  And most ichneumonids are unable to sting.   Lovely animals.

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