#2 European Paper Wasp
The only hornet-type wasp with yellow-orange to red antennae. And they are everywhere in North America. Apparently the first report was from Boston area in 1978, by 1997 the European Paper Wasp had spread to Windsor and southwestern Ontario. Far right on fennel group photo.
The late-planted fennel (June) is still in bloom and covered with insects. Other than a few flowers left on Purple Salvia, and some hanging baskets, it is the last of the garden.
This European Paper Wasp caught my eye. It had a huge black blob on its hind leg.
What was it?
Maybe he stepped on a soft berry.
It wasn’t until the photos were uploaded and edited that the true identity was revealed.
It was a Carpenter Ant head! Still clinging to his leg by its mandibles – never to let go.
Everything else was missing – no antennae or body. Just a head.
Nipped in the bud, so to speak.
Incapacitated – decapitated.