Great Golden Digger Wasp
Great Golden Digger Wasp in Wayland
August 3, 2019
Mimsy Beckwith photographed this series of photos at the nest of a great golden digger wasp in Wayland. Mimsy shares: "A female great golden digger wasp begins to lay eggs! This benign and gentle wasp has excavated several tunnels in the loose sand of a stone patio (sometimes removing pebbles bigger than her head [shown]; once satisfied with her “nests,” she hunts for insects—here a small grasshopper—paralyzes it and brings it to one of her tunnels, then re-inspects the tunnel, drags the paralyzed (live) insect inside, and lays one egg on it. She then seals up the tunnel, completes the same process for all the others—and her work is done. A long process, and a lovely sight!
Great Golden Digger Wasp in Northborough
July 18, 2018
Marnie Frankian photographed this great golden digger wasp in Northborough.
Insects at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury
July 26, 2017
Steve Forman photographed a great golden digger wasp, a monarch butterfly, and a spicebush swallowtail butterfly at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.
Backyard Nature in Sudbury
July 24, 2016
Dave Longland photographed an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, a bumble bee, a great golden digger wasp, a spicebush swallowtail butterfly, and a family of turkeys in Sudbury.
Pollinators in Wayland
July 12, 2016
Michael Newton photographed several insects during a pollinator survey at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. SVT has been working to improve habitat for the insects as part of our Places for Pollinators project. The goal of this project is to increase the abundance of quality foraging plants and bee-nesting habitat for pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and native bees. The focus of this work has been along the Sudbury River, a major migratory corridor. At Greenways, this is a piece of an ongoing effort to restore native habitat at the property's north field.
Join us at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury for one of our Pollinator Parties on Saturday, July 16, 2016, to learn about the causes of the sharp decline in pollinators and what can be done in your own back yard to help. Register for the morning session or the afternoon session and enjoy a trail walk at Wolbach to discover plants beloved by butterflies and bees, visit the new pollinator garden beds, help construct a bee hotel, and enjoy refreshments that depend on the hard work of pollinators. There will also be activities that children will enjoy.