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sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 18, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9245642

It (or they) has made holes in the beams of my chicken coop. The last (sorry, blurry) photo shows it taking a piece of hay into one of the holes.
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2012
12:28 AM

Post #9247198

Dale? Are you around?
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9248428

Because it bores into wood, I think it has to be some type of carpenter bee. When I googled blue black bee, I got references to mud wasps and carpenter bees. It looks similar to a Scolid wasp with blue wings but I could find nothing about Scolid wasps drilling holes into wood.

This message was edited Aug 20, 2012 10:21 PM
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2012
8:50 PM

Post #9248458

Does this look like your wasp?

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/Insects/Organ%20Pipe%20Mud%20Dauber/dscn4766pipeorganwasp1ajrt.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/organ-pipe_mud_dauber.htm&h=362&w=600&sz=250&tbnid=vsD88ntpaDlQYM:&tbnh=75&tbnw=124&prev=/search?q=dirt+dobber&tbm=isch&tbo=u&zoom=1&q=dirt dobber&usg=__7635rg0SdbAEdDk5_vjZzQ_eBkI=&docid=6E-mfzLCd7kKSM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9QQzUJmfMoWB7AG-p4HIDQ&ved=0CFEQ9QEwBQ&dur=541



Perhaps the carpenter bees made the holes and these guys are opportunists by using them.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

August 21, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #9248689

I think poster is on the right track. I'm way out of my realm here, but the solitary wasps in the genus Isodontia often use abandoned carpenter bee holes as their nesting sites and they bring pieces of dried grasses to the nesting sites. My guess is Isodontia philadelphica. Here's a link:http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Isodontia+philadelphica

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 21, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9248856

That's it! I think you're right about the Carpenter Bee making the original holes, too. I had a lot of them around this year. Thank you all!!

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