This Dolichomitus irritator wasp is about as big as your thumb. The amazing addition to this female is her ovipositer that is four times longer than her body. This is to lay her eggs in larvae who bore into wood. Look in the next shot and you can see the ovipositer trailing behind her.
I was thinking of you
Just the other day
And you made me smile.
As a shepherd stands watching over the herd as a flock of Cattle Egrets joins in all the fun in the sun.
He hated how when one sat in a chair all looked down at them and tried to figure what put them in the chair. They bumped along the trail, but many times he felt like trying to walk using the chair. His daughter said no to that, she didn’t want to have to carry him back she said, he was too heavy. He laughed at that since he had lost quite a bit of weight. They called out names of birds to him and he tried to remember all that were new to him. A chipmunk ran in front of him, and he made his chipmunk call, sending both ladies into a laughing fit. They all tried to bring it back with assorted calls to no avail. It wasn’t as easy as cows he thought. He decided to stop and get some peanuts for the one near his home. The loop was long and they came back to where they started and asked if he would like another round. He said only if they had enough push and off they went. This gave his friend some time to shoot some pictures she had missed while being his legs and pushing him. She showed him a favorite woodland bloom and they sat for a bit while she took all angles, afraid she may never see this again. He wondered what she did with all of these pictures. One day she had shown him a few on his television. Up ahead they saw another chipmunk and wondered if it was their friend that they saw earlier. Each offered a call to get its attention and it did, the poor critter ran even faster.
Riding home both the ladies chattered about what they had seen and he drifted off in a dreamy nap. He was talking to the herd and it began to rain. He headed home to see the family and his wife met him on the porch asking him why he sat so long in the rain. He woke up with a start and heard his daughter’s voice instead. They had pulled over to a lookout and could see a herd of elk running down below. He laughed at the vigor both ladies had for wildlife, he knew where his daughter had found hers. He closed his eyes again hoping to return to the rain and being with his wife on the porch, but it never happened. A smile spread across his face, and he still hoped for more. It had been nice to see her again.
They stopped at a food stand and his daughter asked if he wanted some ice cream. It didn’t sound very good, his tastes and appetite were all askew. He said a slush might be good, a small one. His daughter asked if he was ready for a brain freeze, a name they both used for the icy drink. He took a sip and felt the cold go down. Taking another big gulp, he had a burst of pain in his head from drinking too fast. He held his head a bit and alarmed his friend. She turned and asked if he was okay. He laughed and waited for the cold to diminish and told her that is why they gave this drink that name. He set his cup in the holder next to him and slowly sipped at it so as not to freeze his brain again. His daughter was holding her head having the same results. She had ordered her mom’s favorite flavor and acted so much like her sometimes. He wanted to tell her about the dream but kept it to himself. He sat and listened to the chatter and loved how well these ladies had hit it off. The laughter and joy was swept away on a gentle breeze, carried through the tallest of mountain passes.