A few new pollinators in the buckwheat

The last one was worthy of an entire post to itself!


The unintended benefits of having a diverse, biologically oriented farm

As usual, I spent the morning watching and attempting to photograph the bugs of the buckwheat. I saw a new wasp in great numers and managed to get a good picture:

Fortunately wasps are pretty easy to google, especially ones with distinctive marking. Google led me to a local catalog of wasps which yielded a scientific name to plug back into google. Wikipedia revealed that the female wasps of the species burrow in search of Japanese Beetle grubs. Finally! A predator of japanese beetles attracted to my farm! And more importantly, its native!