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greater banded hornet preying on wasp larvae

Vespa tropica

Description:

A large "greater banded hornet" preying on the larvae of a nest of paper wasps (Polistes sp.) as the adults stand idly by. The hosts of the nest appeared in a previous spotting http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/175...

Habitat:

Nest on cactus (Cereus repandus) near house located in a large, semi-urban yard & garden, in close proximity to a disturbed patch of remnant lowland forest.

Notes:

I was simply amazed as the paper wasps did not attack to repel this large invader eating their larvae. I was equally amazed that I could get so close to photograph it. I guess the larvae were delicious...

11 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks very much, J!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Awesome spotting, Scott! Thanks for sharing this fantastic encounter!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Indeed! :-)

AdamBT
AdamBT 8 years ago

Yes, you're right, I mistook the orange band on yours to be two segments...still, very interesting behaviour!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks very much, Adam. Based on your link which says that Vespa affinis is easily distinguished from V. tropica by having orange banding at the second gastral segment while that of the latter (V. tropica) is black... I am guessing mine is V. tropica.

AdamBT
AdamBT 8 years ago

Very cool spotting, looks similar to one of mine: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/124...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

That's the only thing I can imagine: chemical cloaking device ;-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Great spotting! The power of pheromones?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Antonio! I was astounded Nance...

auntnance123
auntnance123 8 years ago

That is rather mysterious that the paper wasps made no move at defending the nest.

Great cache S Frazier,in the rigth time :-) congrats and thanks for sharing

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Indonesia

Spotted on Feb 26, 2013
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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