Female Pompilid wasps are spider hunters. After a suitable species of spider is found, it is stung, and it soon becomes largely immobile. If it has not already done so, the wasp will make a burrow in the sand and then drag the stunned spider to the nest and lay an egg on it. When... Continue Reading →
Stump-stabber. An Ichneumon wasp at work.
While our daughter volunteered at Fort Edmonton on a weekend in May, 2010, my wife and I roamed the river valley around the fort. As usual I carried my camera equipment with me, setup for macro photography with diffused flash. While we paused to rest at a bench, I noticed a slender wasp 'feeling' its... Continue Reading →