Living underground, the iridescent Great Black Wasp pollinates flowers while feeding itself, and removes plant pests while feeding its young making it a great friend to gardens and fields. They keep the grasshopper and cricket
populations under control. This rather unaware grasshopper on the right is feeding in the same bush as the wasps.
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