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Emerald Cockroach Wasp

Ampulex compressa


Bright Iridescent Green Digger Wasp with orange legs and purple wings. Size is about 25mm. This wasp searches for cockroaches and temporarily paralyses them with a sting between the front legs before stinging again directly into their brain and then leads them by their antenna to a prepared hole in the ground. Then it proceeds to lay a single egg on the abdomen. The larvae then eats the cockroach alive and then pupates to emerge fully grown. Bizarre!!!!


Found on my garden wall.

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Paul Davis
Paul Davis 6 years ago
Emerald Cockroach Wasp
Ampulex compressa

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sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you so much LeanneGardner

LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Lovely colours :)

LaurenZarate 6 years ago


sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Updated with another picture..

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Paul Davis for the I D..

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Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Spotted on Feb 9, 2014
Submitted on Feb 9, 2014

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