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Caterpillar hunting Wasp

Delta dimidiatipenne

Description:

"Named for its habit of hunting caterpillars to feed its young, the caterpillar hunting wasp (Delta dimidiatipenne) belongs to one of the largest orders of insects, the Hymenoptera, which includes the wasps, bees and ants. All of the insects in this group have compound eyes, two ocelli, biting mouthparts, and two pairs of membranous wings which are linked together during flight by tiny hooks." ~arkive

Habitat:

spotted in my desert garden feeding on the flowers of a Schouwia purpurea plant; "A wide-ranging species, the caterpillar hunting wasp is found from northwest Africa, Egypt and Somalia, throughout the Middle East, and east to India and Nepal. The caterpillar hunting wasp is also found in the Canary Islands, where it has recently become established and is now widespread." ~arkive

Notes:

ID via email by Dr. Francis Gilbert: Delta sp. for sure, probably dimidiatipenne

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3 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thank you both!

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 7 years ago

Pretty pic...

YurianaMartínez
YurianaMartínez 7 years ago

great pic!!

Bernadette S
Spotted by
Bernadette S

Egypt

Spotted on Feb 23, 2013
Submitted on Feb 24, 2013

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