Mountain mint

I’ve got a second year of Narrowleaf Slender Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)  growing, and usually it pulls in every pollinator around. But on June 18, it was quite cool (76 degrees F), and not a single bug could be seen on the mountain mint. Yesterday afternoon, I had my camera out in the hot afternoon (90 degrees) and it was covered. Whew! Here’s some the visitors.

Mydas clavatus on narrowleaf mountain mnt
Mydas clavatus on narrowleaf mountain mnt

This wasp mimic is Myda clavatus, and according to Bug Guide is a type of nectar-eating fly. The larvae eat beetle larva, especially June beetles.

Here’s a carpenter bee…

Eastern Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa virginica
Eastern Carpenter Bee – (Xylocopa virginica)

And a predatory wasp? or a fly mimic…

wasp

Small white flowers are particularly attractive to predatory wasps, so plant them near your veggies to help keep the caterpillar population down.

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