Backyard Almanac: What's lurking in the goldenrod? Could be anything - even a bearded naturalist

Sep 4, 2020

(left) Is that a southern yellowjacket or an imposter? You be the judge; look for the links to try your hand at identification (right) bumblebee coming in for a landing
Credit ©Lisa Johnson

It's that time again.  If you're not distracted by raptors and Canada geese and nighthawks streaming overhead, maybe you'll pull your car over to the side of the road and take a stroll through the goldenrod, where you can find a wide variety of insects and bees ... and maybe even Larry Weber.

Which is which? One of these is a yellowjacket and the other is a fly
Credit iNaturalist/Royal Tyler, Bug of the Week/P.Shrewsbury

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