Con anterioridad había visto a chapiles y arañas huir despavoridos ante la presencia de este hermoso organismo, pero es la primera vez que veo como captura a uno.
San Diego County, California, US
ID Confirmed: http://bugguide.net/node/view/988237
I observed this wasp burrowing into the ground with its cricket prey laying nearby. My attention was brought to the scene because she audibly buzzed each time she dug a bit. My first thought was she was injured until I realized what she was up to.
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Taking spider prey to nest about 15' away. Spiders, and only spiders for this species, are placed in the mud cell with egg.
A black wasp namely Sphex argentatus (銀毛泥蜂) killed a katydid and kept the prey in its dent.
The Sphecidae (Latreille, 1802) are a cosmopolitan family of wasps that include digger wasps, mud daubers, and other familiar types that all fall under the category of thread-waisted wasps. Both of the traditional definitions of the Sphecidae (the conservative one, where all the sphecoid wasps other than ampulicids and heterogynaids were in a single large family, and the more refined one, where the seven large sphecid subfamilies were each elevated to family rank) have recently been...