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Photo Info

Dimensions3214 x 4500
Original file size5.86 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken28-Aug-21 10:47
Date modified25-Dec-22 22:49
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D850
Focal length200 mm
Focal length (35mm)200 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.8
Exposure1/200 at f/10
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 1600
Metering modePattern
Thread-waisted Wasp_J1F0120

Thread-waisted Wasp_J1F0120

The full name of this pollinator is the Gold-marked Thread-waisted Wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata). Apparently it needed a name as long as its thread waist.

It was a frequent visitor to the Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) I planted in my Dad's yard. This Mountain Mint is also known as Short-toothed Mountain Mint or Blunt Mountain Mint.

The first year I planted the mint it attracted a large number of pollinators, especially small solitary bees. The small blossoms open over time, starting at the center of the inflorescence and working to the outer edges.

Location: Suburban Backyard, Mt. Vernon, VA