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Dead winged ant on a mud dauber wasp

I watched two mud daubers twisting around together on my front porch step, and then this tiny, dead winged ant appeared to fall off of one of them. The smaller mud dauber managed to get on the back of the larger one, and they flew away in tandem. I collected the ant and took some photos, pasted below. 9 May 2018. Columbia California. It seems that the dead ant was attached to one of the wasps, and then shaken loose during the mating behavior. Dr. Philip Ward believes it is a male odorous house ant.

 

 

 

Bag Contents 35595

Three arthropods in the bag. May 2018.

 

Springtail

Springtail

 

Unknown

Parts of the unknown insect.

Parts of the unknown insect.

Mite.

Mite. Ruler marking is millimeters.

Mite. Ruler marking is millimeters.

Skunk damage in subarea of home

The subarea of a vacation cabin in the Twain Harte area was invaded by skunks. The cabin had a shallow foundation wall, and the skunks were able to dig under it. A low-to-the-ground deck gave an additional area for them to dig to gain access to the subara. The skunks tore up the insulation under the house, and made numerous tunnels and burrows. We did exclusion work, and Service Master did clean up. May 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Skunk caught in live trap

We received a call from a customer in Columbia Sky Mobile Park, who had a skunk under his house. But he had already called the county trapper, who came out, and trapped the skunk. When the customer called the trapper to retrieve the skunk, the trapper said it would be a couple of weeks before he could make it back. So the customer called us. Jason Mink released the skunk, per regulations. His reward? The skunk sprayed. 25 May 2018.

 

Ladybugs en Masse, Twain Harte California

Steve Deaver took these photos of a large number of ladybugs at a residence in Twain Harte, California.  29 May 2018. We presume the ladybugs are getting ready to migrate. The season has been relatively cool until now.