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Why Beauty Is in the Eye of the Bee-Holder

A crabronid wasp or beewolf foraging on a pineapple sea lily (Eryngium horridum) at the Morningsun Herb Farm, Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Irish novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford was right. In Molly Bawn, published in 1878, Hungerford wrote "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," meaning that our perception of beauty is subjective. Beauty is also in the eye of the bee-holder, that is, a...

A crabronid wasp or beewolf foraging on a pineapple sea lily (Eryngium horridum) at the Morningsun Herb Farm, Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crabronid wasp or beewolf foraging on a pineapple sea lily (Eryngium horridum) at the Morningsun Herb Farm, Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crabronid wasp or beewolf foraging on a pineapple sea lily (Eryngium horridum) at the Morningsun Herb Farm, Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beewolves prey on honey bees, but in this case, both the beewolf and the honey bee are intent on foraging for nectar. At the top is a third insect: a mordellid beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beewolves prey on honey bees, but in this case, both the beewolf and the honey bee are intent on foraging for nectar. At the top is a third insect: a mordellid beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beewolves prey on honey bees, but in this case, both the beewolf and the honey bee are intent on foraging for nectar. At the top is a third insect: a mordellid beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! The beewolf eyes the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, hello there! The beewolf eyes the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! The beewolf eyes the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

See ya! The beewolf turns away from the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
See ya! The beewolf turns away from the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

See ya! The beewolf turns away from the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Wolf at Your Door

A beewolf, or crabronid wasp, on buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there you are, a little sweat bee, foraging in the buckwheat. You sip some nectar, and suddenly, a flash of yellow. A wolf is at your door. It's a beewolf, a crabronid wasp from the genus Philanthus, as identified by Lynn Kimsey, director of...

A beewolf, or crabronid wasp, on buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A beewolf, or crabronid wasp, on buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A beewolf, or crabronid wasp, on buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beewolf maneuvering around the buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beewolf maneuvering around the buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beewolf maneuvering around the buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of beewolf head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of beewolf head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of beewolf head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beewolf lands on the same flower occupied by a hungry praying mantis. The wasp quickly left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beewolf lands on the same flower occupied by a hungry praying mantis. The wasp quickly left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beewolf lands on the same flower occupied by a hungry praying mantis. The wasp quickly left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM
 
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