But the peonies call out with the offer of sweet nectar. Everybody looking for a handout, but the buds are tight as a clam. Ants crawl and wasps fly in. The peony offers up the sweet treat most likely to use the ants in some way. Not as the popular myth suggests, but possibly to have ants dine on insects detrimental to the peony. There must be a logical function to the luring in of the insects.
Ants get a bad rap all the time yet have many fine qualities. Their fine qualities get used by example in kid’s motivational stories. Hardworking, determined, collaboration are all qualities to instill in our little people.
People spray to rid them of home and garden. I noticed that they are pretty harmless and their stay on the peony is quite short. They are NOT harmless on my strawberries though.Ants are always so maligned, yet it does not stop the ants from completing their day’s work. They stay the course and work as a team.
Pretty white butt band on this little worker.
The colors and patterning on the wasp below is beautiful. I took photos at all angles on this type of wasp. I never noticed before that the wasp has this transparent membrane at the base of the wing. The light glistens off of it in the image below. Above it has a lacy look. Here I have the macro lens on the camera. See the wing?