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Wasp attacking bee?

Observed: 22nd September 2012 By: coloursofmemorycoloursofmemory’s reputation in Invertebratescoloursofmemory’s reputation in Invertebratescoloursofmemory’s reputation in Invertebrates

Heard a high pitched, loud buzzing in the grass and found the wasp 'attacking' what looked to be a bee. The second photo is the bee after the wasp has finished with it. Is this normal behaviour? And does it look like a bee corpse?

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Wasp killing bee

Wasps regularly prey on other insects and do kill bees (but usually at the hide when raiding for grubs). The corpse in this case is of a fly, probably Flesh-fly Sarcophaga carnaria.