Blue-Winged Wasp

Blue-winged scoliid wasp taking nectar on English ivy flowers
Scientific Name
Scolia dubia
Scoliidae (scoliid wasps) in order Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps)

The blue-winged wasp is a common Missouri species of scoliid wasp. The abdomen has a distinctive fuzzy, rich rusty patch with two ovals of yellow. Its larvae eat Japanese beetle grubs and other scarab beetle larvae.

Learn more about this and other scoliid wasps on their group page.

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Invertebrates are animals without backbones, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and arthropods. Arthropods—invertebrates with “jointed legs” — are a group of invertebrates that includes crayfish, shrimp, millipedes, centipedes, mites, spiders, and insects. There may be as many as 10 million species of insects alive on earth today, and they probably constitute more than 90 percent all animal species.