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Thread-Waisted Wasp

Ammophila procera

Notes:

This wasp darted in and out of a hole in the ground (pictured) and after several minutes plugged the hole with a nearby rock. Can anyone out there explain to me what he was doing?

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3 Comments

schaeffer.smith
schaeffer.smith 9 years ago

Thanks for the information bee.jacbs and for the compliment Ava. I added a 4th photo of the wasp covering his hole. I ran out of time earlier and didn't get to upload it.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Amazing information and photos.

bee.jacbs
bee.jacbs 9 years ago

I think these wasps dig burrows. Like many other wasp species they will paralyze a caterpillar or other prey item and drag it into a burrow. Once there they will lay eggs on it, thus ensuring that their larvae will have enough to eat. Many arthropods are actually excellent parents!

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schaeffer.smith

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Jul 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012

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