|Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto)
|Date Taken: 2011-02-12|
|Camera: Canon 500D, Tamron SP 60 macro|
|Exposure: f/2.2, 1/320 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-06-07 23:05|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This small solitary wasp is know as a Spider Wasp, one among many spider hunters in the Pompilidae family. The spider is still alive, sometimes with its legs severed to make it easier to drag along the rocky ground. The wasp digs an underground burrow in sand, shoves the spider in it, lays one egg and then covers the hole to go hunting again. The wasp larva will feed off its living host while growing. |
There is a small patch of sand under the house where dozens of these wasps compete for space. I suspect they may steal another wasp's burrow when needed. They are fascinating insects, capable of memorising their nest locations to bring back their unfortunate victims from dozens of metres away.
The spiders range from massive huntsmen, as wide as a hand, to wolf spiders like this one, with mandibles half the size of their head.
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