This adult female (clearly!) was collected from the leaf litter under a friends house in the hills above Boulder Creek in early September. The habitat is thick second growth redwood forest with scattered tan oaks. On September 23, she was found with around twenty freshly emerged babies clinging to her back. Scorpions give live birth and the female carries the babies with her until they molt and are better able to fend for themselves. She was then released back in the same area (a bit away from the house)
Distant view. Male.
Five individuals were seen under a small pile of rotting logs. Identification based around overall coloration, foot size, and location.
Or Flower Bee? (Thanks, Richard!)
Either way, I can also thank LeftCoastNaturalist for this one, since before reading his blog post about Cuckoo Wasps (http://leftcoastnatty.blogspot.com/2014/05/cuckoo-for-chrysidids.html) I'd never heard of them, and after reading they've been buzzing around insistently but pleasantly in the back of my mind. I might not have noticed this little one otherwise. Thanks, Trent, and great blog!