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Dauber fly eating a spider?

Description:

What looks like a very small dauber fly (1/4 in long maybe) has a legless spider in it's grasps. It carried it quite a long way and quickly. I wasn't able to see where it took the spider to.

Habitat:

west central ga



No species ID suggestions

1 Comment

momsavang
momsavang 5 months ago

Thank you! It definitely did have parts and even whole legs missing, so that may have been part of the strategy to incapacitate the spider. It was very interesting to see.

DiegoAlfonsoRosa
DiegoAlfonsoRosa 5 months ago

HI, a Good sequence of pictures, these wasps are parasites, they introduce the eggs inside the spider. Maybe it was inoculated first with some poison to immobilize it. It the wasp was carrying it, surely was trying to introduce it in a den in the ground.

Georgia, USA

Lat: 32.60, Long: -84.88

Spotted on Sep 29, 2018
Submitted on Sep 30, 2018

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