Three of our intrepid Master Naturalists volunteered at the Li'l Sprouts event sponsored by Springfield's Master Gardeners. Carl and Janet Haworth plus Marlyss Simons explored rotten logs with other children of all ages. Janet reports that
Bicytres? Color and shape are similar so it might or might not be. Resources such as Bugguide.net and various books help but species identification frequently requires advanced training and a good microscope. Fortunately, the joy of the search doesn't require a degree and we have highly trained people to call on when needed.
Dr. Chris Barnhart sent me this quote which perfectly summarizes the joy of the Master Naturalist at work and play.
“It quite saddens me to think that when I cross the Styx I may find myself… condemned to keep on trying to solve problems…while the amateur entomologists, who have not been damned professors, are permitted to roam at will among the fragrant asphodels of the Elysian meadows, netting gorgeous ghostly butterflies until the end of time.” -W. M. WheelerEditors Note: Jay Barber has identified the "wasp" as a wasp-mimic fly, probably of the Syrphidae. The key finding is that it has one pair of wings while wasps have 2 pair. Of course I knew that all along but modest (No, it was ignorance) prevented me from correcting it. See Bugguide.com.