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Thread-waisted Wasps (with prey)

Family Sphecidae


This wasp will take the caterpillar back to its nest to feed the larvae. In the video you will see the wasp sting and paralyze the caterpillar, observe it - to make sure it is subdued, then carry it off towards its nest.


Spotted at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you very much Lauren.

LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Congrats Brian! Great Spotting!

Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks Jim and Robert.

triggsturner 2 years ago

Good one Brian! Excellent spotting and congrats on your sotd.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago had to be a lot of work for the wasp to carry the caterpillar. Nice job on this spotting, Brian!

Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you António and DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Congrats Brian38 for the SOTD!

Great find Brian,congrats on the wel deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you Greg.

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 2 years ago

Congratulations Brian on SOTD.

Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you so much Daniele and Project Noah. And to think I almost stepped on the Caterpillar while I was looking for butterflies. The wasp flew in and caught my attention.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Brian, these amazing shots and video are our Spotting of the Day:

"Watch a thread-waisted wasp (family Sphecidae) paralyze a caterpillar and take it towards its nest in our Spotting of the Day! Adult females wasps in the family Sphecidae will often capture preys that they paralyze with a sting, then deposit the prey in a closed cell along with an egg. The larva that hatches will feed on the prey until fully developed.
Don't miss the video! "



Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you Lauren.

LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Amazing shots!

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Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 9, 2018
Submitted on Sep 26, 2018

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