Pollen Wasp and Prey
Wasp Leptochilus
Larva Teladoma helianthi


potter wasp digging at larva
While I was trying to find a Hanging Thief out on Antelope Island, I glanced down and saw
this wasp
and its only concern was something it was fiddling with on a sunflower. It appeared
 to be chewing on the plant. I figured there was some tasty
juice there and thought no more
about it at the time.  A few minutes later I came back to see if it was there and to my
surprise, it still was, so I decided to shoot a few pictures. Carol Davis 8-8-2012

hole left by potter wasp and prey
All of a sudden it took off and flew to some grass a little ways off.
This is the hole it had been digging at for so long so then I thought it
 might have something in its grasp. Low and behold, it did. It
 had some kind of larva.  Carol Davis, 8-8-2012

potter wasp and larva
I quickly moved over to the grass where it was perched and captured just this one picture.
According to Bugguide expert and author (Tracks & Sign of Insects), Charley Eiseman,
this is a Teladoma helianthi moth larva (updated 4-22-2019)
It is going to be the lunch
for some future "wasp child."  I have learned a few things through the years as I've
photographed insects  and spiders, if they're holding still for you, you might
 check to see what else is going on. They just might have prey in their grasp or
about to capture a meal.  Carol Davis, 8-8-2012

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