SpiderWasp  (two photos)

pompilidae wasp
This spider wasp on Antelope Island was busy scouring the sunflowers for food.  The larvae of Pompilidae
 feed on spiders that are brought by the parent.  Scary movies could be made about this beautiful insect.

spider wasp
The wing-flicking adults feed on nectar but are constantly on the lookout for food for the young.  It's
easy to recognize this wasp, not only because of its color, but because of its quick movements
(not unlike the jumping spider that it preys upon.)  Pompilidae is one of the most
common family of wasps I find on the Island. © Carol Davis, 7-23-2009

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