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Wasp

Observed: 6th August 2013 By: loch visions
wasp reduced
wasp reduced2
Description:

wasp bringing in flies almost the same size as it too a wee hole in the ground made out of scraped earth

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mellinus arvensis interacts

Comments

Mydaea's picture

Mellinus arvensis.

Mellinus arvensis.

Ardea's picture

Philip, these are photos of M

Philip, these are photos of M arvensis, a ground nesting wasp that specialises in stocking its larval cells with flies - as seen in your excellent photos. Mydaea would you like to add the ID so we can agree with you?

loch visions's picture

video

Hi, brilliant thanks, I have just done some video of this totally brilliant animal, what a creature, the flies they were bringing in were huge! Are the flies dead or is this one of the wasps that can paralyze the fly for a long period of time so its larvae has fresh food? How long does the paralyzing affect last for?

Totally amazing.
Not sure if you can post video but if can I will do as soon as edited.
Thanks
Philip