Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasps
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Five-banded Tiphiid Wasps live in meadows fields and lawns.  They are found throughout the United Stated and Canada.

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The adults drink nectar.  The female lays her eggs on May beetle larvae in the soil.

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She deposits one egg on each host.  The larvae penetrate the hosts and feed on nonessential tissues.  Later they eat essential organs which kills the host.

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Smile for the camera.

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