Sand digger wasp

Sand digger wasp

Observation - Sand digger wasp. Description: 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 rath

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.