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Caterpillar hunting Wasp

Delta dimidiatipenne

Description:

about 3.5 cm in length; "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, buzzing around all the butterflies on the caper bush

Notes:

Explains why batches of caterpillars have gone missing overnight from my caper bush!

1 Species ID Suggestions

Caterpillar hunting wasp / Potter wasp
Delta dimidiatipenne Delta dimidiatipenne - Overview


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6 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thanks, Cindy!

Great shot, Bernadette!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thanks, Lauren. It was all luck. :-)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Great capture Bernadette!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you, Mustafa! I have spotted that species of wasp before in my garden apparently, but can never ID these with confidence: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/184...

Mustafa Rustom
Mustafa Rustom 9 years ago

Nice one Bernadette S, I think it's a Delta dimidiatipenne, here's a link.
http://www.arkive.org/caterpillar-huntin...

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on Nov 5, 2013
Submitted on Nov 5, 2013

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