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Sand digger wasp
Observed: 17th August 2011 By: Rob Coleman
Added: 23rd August 2011
These sand wasps are common on many heaths and dunes but I've never observed their fascinating behaviour until last week. This series of pictures shows the wasp; locating a buried moth caterpillar; excavating it out; stinging it (I think to paralyse rather than egg-laying but I may be wrong; dragging it off; placing it in another hole (presumably with its larvae) and covering its tracks.