New backyard bug: Pimpla marginella

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Wasps come in all shapes and sizes, from the frighteningly large (and frighteningly named) cicada killer, to the tiny fig wasps, so small you need a microscope to see them. Mud daubers and paper wasps are fairly large, easy to see, as are the yellow jackets that chase after the garbage at the picnic site. But in my back yard, I can see one of the more interesting little wasps, Pimpla marginella, less than 1/2 an inch long but memorably attired with a thorax and legs in stunning red and an abdomen in jailbird black-and-white stripes:

It’s so [...]