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Red and black wasp for id please

Observed: 5th July 2012 By: RobSpotRobSpot’s reputation in InvertebratesRobSpot’s reputation in InvertebratesRobSpot’s reputation in Invertebrates

Can anyone identify this red and black wasp? It was feeding on hogweed on the edge of a meadow. I was struck by the way its antennae curled at the ends.

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Thank you

Now that you mention a spider-hunter I can see similarities with spider-hunters I've photographed (badly, though) on the cliffs near here a couple of years back - long legs. There,they seem to spend all their time running, in and out of spider holes. I watched one catch a spider and another lugging quite large stones back to its nest - presumably to seal in the eggs and prey.

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Spider hunters on umbellifers etc

Yes, bare ground or short turf are good terrain for spotting pompilids. But they do like visiting umbellifers too - the only flowers you see them on regularly.