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Thread-waisted wasp with prey

Female Thread-waisted Wasp, Eremnophila aureonotata, preparing to bury its larval food, a Prominent Moth, family Notodontidae, what looks to be a a Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth--Lochmaeus manteo. I noticed this wasp struggling with its prey in my back yard. I grabbed my camera and managed to get a sequence as it dragged the prey to a burrow it had dug, buried it, emerged, and covered it. A parasitic Satellite Fly also hovered nearby--see adjacent photos and the photo I posted to BugGuide. At some point I will put together a video of the still frames and post it.

Although these wasps are common in my area, this is only the second time I have observed the capture of prey--I got a similar sequence on film eight years ago.



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Taken on June 28, 2008