Your photos are not O. aglaia, the body is too rough. O. aglaia have a smooth exoskeleton. I think that your photo is Chrysidid wasps, cuckoo wasps. The Peterson Field Guide to the insects says they are metallic green or blue, usually with coarse sculpturing; Abdomen with 4 or fewer segments, concave beneath, the last abdominal segment often toothed at the tip. When disturbed they often curl into a ball. They do not sting. Larvae are parasites in nests of other wasps and bees.
Collin Vickers wrote:Hey Dale Hodgins, that's a nice picture, but could it be a Mexican bean beetle, instead?
There are scads of related species that look similar, so I don't for sure, but I have some critters in my garden that look like that, and they are not ladybugs.
Unlike ladybugs, which are carnivorous, bean beetles will skeletonize the leaves of some plants - bean plants in particular, as the name implies.
Devon Olsen wrote:nice thread, all i got is a phone camera so no contributions from me lol
ive noticed a lot more insect activity recently after putting in the hugelkultur bed though... a few pollinator's ive noticed live right on the bed...
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