beneficial insects to your landscape. Planting a diversity of native plants is an easy, win-win solution. Not only do the plants attract many types of beneficial insects including solitary wasps, but they help support a functioning, complex ecosystem.
|Little bluestem on my 'prairie' slope. |
Grass-carrying wasps use the grass blades in their nests.
Grass carrying wasps are medium-sized thread-waisted wasps with a black head, thorax and abdomen. Their wings are medium to light brown. Similar to the majority of solitary wasps they are very docile and not aggressive towards humans - even near their nest.
Remember to leave plant stems and grass blades standing throughout the winter and into late spring. Insects are using the stems as overwintering sites and inside the cavities could be pupae of solitary bees and beneficial insects. Carefully cut the stems in large pieces and lay them on the ground to allow insects to emerge. Grass blades left on the ground once cut will be used by birds as nesting materials or by these grass carrying wasps.