Up Close & Personal … The very hungry Wasp

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In my Garden, Musings, Nature, Photography, Up Close & Personal ...

Have you ever seen these foamy masses on your plants?
Spittlebug nymphs excrete a fluid and literally whip it into a bubbly foam.
They then hide from predators inside it.

So imagine my surprise, when I encountered this scene one summer morning!

The wasp climbed up the flower stalk and began to devour the hiding bugs.
After a brief rest, it licked its chops, and flew off!

The entire time, both the wasp and I kept a close eye on each other!
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I’m curious to know if you have spittlebugs where you live?
Sabine

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20 thoughts on “Up Close & Personal … The very hungry Wasp”

  1. You did get up close and personal with this guy. I have not seen that but then I don’t see much out there other than the spider webs that are covering everything. Not sure what to do about it either. Guess the wasp has some value other than tormenting us. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are enjoying this gorpy, wet Sunday. My son has snow and the AC unit was leaking into the roof. I’ll take the rain. We sure needed it.

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    • We had more wasps than usual this year. We had to call someone out for a nest above the patio door. I prefer spiders though. Love to watch them weave their webs. Snow already in that corner of the world! Iโ€™m not ready for fall or winter! ๐Ÿ™‹

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  2. Spittlebug has to be one of my favourite names! I wonder if it is what we call ‘Cuckoo spit’? Amazing photos!

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  3. I’ve never seen or heard of Spittlebugs nor seen their foamy hideaway and this was a fascinating post Sabine. Was that wasp wearing a rather smug look in the last few pictures or am I reading too much into it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. A few years back I had yellow jackets living in the ground where a stump was, I was reluctant on going down the route of killing them. So I went on the internet and started looking up if they are beneficial in any way to justify my not wanting to kill them. And I found this article about them and they are a great pest control for a garden. So I let them be, they were not in a spot that was bothering anyone.

    https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/pest-control/benefits-of-wasps-yellow-jackets-zw0z1303zkin

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    • I let them be as well, except when we had a nest right by the patio door. Whenever weโ€™d go in or out they would get agitated. Thatโ€™s when we took action. When I saw this wasp devour the spittlebugs I looked it up online. They are beneficial despite their aggressive behavior! Iโ€™ll check out the article! Thanks for sharing it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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