California Nightsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha nuchalata)- San Mateo County, CA
Nightsnakes are small, nocturnal snakes native to much of the western United States. Primarily lizard eaters, these snakes envenomate their prey with fangs located towards the back of their upper jaw- hence labeled as a “rear-fanged” colubrid. Other examples of rear-fanged (opisthoglyphous) snakes include Hognose Snakes and Ring-necked Snakes, amongst many more throughout the world.
Also sometimes known as the Bee-eating Philanthus, the European Beewolf is a species of solitary Crabronid wasp that is native to Europe and Northern Africa. Unlike what P. triangulum's common name might suggest adults are actually herbivores and will feed on nectar and pollen. Only inseminated females will hunt down bees, specifically Western Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), and paralyze them. Once paralyzed the female will place the bee in an underground chamber along with an egg. The bee will serve as food for the wasp larvae once it hatches.
Although many other members of the genus Philanthus will hunt various species of bees Philanthus triangulum is unique in that it is the only species to specialize in one bee species