Insect and Bug ID forum: What's this black and yellow wasp on my mint?

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dave
Aug 1, 2014 3:08 PM CST

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 1, 2014 3:15 PM CST
It looks like a Syrphid Fly to me. @JRsbugs, what do you think?
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 1, 2014 3:28 PM CST
Wonder if it's a cicada killer?
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Cat
Aug 1, 2014 3:51 PM CST
Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp - (Myzinum quinquecintum)
http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?i...
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 1, 2014 4:09 PM CST

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Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp looks like the match. I'm glad to see it's a beneficial (as most or all wasps are!)
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JRsbugs
Aug 1, 2014 4:11 PM CST
They are both wasps,

I searched on the home page of bugguide for beewolf and found one which looks just like the first one! Myzinum sp. in the family Tiphiidae

http://bugguide.net/node/view/873174

The second one appears to be the same species, a male.

https://cdri.org/fieldguides/wasps/taxonomy/myzinum.html

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Myzinum&source=lnms&tbm=is...

I see you already found it cat!

http://bugguide.net/node/view/109316/bgpage

Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 1, 2014 5:07 PM CST

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I should start a little journal of the different insect species I have on my land. We plant a lot of things specifically because they attract the beneficials and it's fun to see them appear.
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plantladylin
Aug 2, 2014 7:28 AM CST
Good eye Cat! I've seen those wasps around my garden at times and wondered what type they were.

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JRsbugs
Aug 2, 2014 5:35 PM CST
You might also think of making folders to put your identified insects in Dave, then you will be able to find them easily.

I make folders for every type of insect I have, once I have edited and named a downloaded file of photos I transfer them to named folders. I place the folders in another folder for each year. It's easy to find something using the start menu if you can remember even part of the name, type it in and up comes a list, then by clicking on 'see more results' you can scroll through all results or open individual thumbs which will show the date taken etc.

I also have several native wildflowers growing in my garden now, left to their own devices they gradually increase. That means not being always neat and tidy, if you cut grass too often you don't get the wildflowers. I have poor sandy soil which was full of moss, it no longer is since I started to leave the grass to grow after the first one or two cuts.

Don't forget, that in order for beneficials to survive you also need the hosts. Hilarious!
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gingin
Aug 3, 2014 3:07 PM CST
Not black and yellow, but I saw a black and red one today...naturally the camera was inside.
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