Not the usual inhabitant

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MikeDom
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Not the usual inhabitant

Post by MikeDom » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:14 pm

I noticed a frequent visitor to my Myrmecodia beccarii - Ant Plant to those unfamiliar with this species. They are difficult to grow as it is, but there is a flying insect that visits every few minutes and appears to go under the plant, the same entry point every time and gets very annoyed if you turn or move the plant (much like leaf cutter bees). That is where the holes are for ants to live inside the plant but I would guess it would be too big to fit the holes.

Very difficult to photograph as it doesn't hang around for long and is black and about a cm long. Does anyone know what it might be or even what it is doing there? I'm guessing it's laying eggs, feeding larvae or making a nest but I don't want plant nibbling larvae living in the compost. The compost is made up of orchid bark and coir.

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Diane
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Re: Not the usual inhabitant

Post by Diane » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:05 pm

I'd guess it's a solitary wasp, whether or not it's a parasitic one, I've no idea.
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Re: Not the usual inhabitant

Post by StevenT » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:44 pm

How about contacting Buglife https://www.buglife.org.uk/bug-identifier-0

or the Amateur Entomologists Society? https://www.amentsoc.org/insects/what-bug-is-this/

or the Royal Entomological Society https://www.royensoc.co.uk/identifying-insects

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