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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wasp and spider

These have to be the worst pictures I have ever taken but there was just so much activity that I could not get anything better than these. I was standing outside at work when I noticed this wasp of the Pomilidae family land on the ground next to me.
These wasps actively hunt for spiders and it had a small jumping spider which it had caught.
These wasps have very long legs and a few of the species are wingless.
It obviously had a nest under a piece of machinery which was standing there and I watched it trying to manouvre itself with its prey, under it. The spider would be placed in one of its cells in order to feed the wasps babies when they hatch.

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