Tiphiid Wasp
Subfamily Tiphiinae


tiphiid wasp
This long-bodied wasp I found at Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County is a predator of ground
 beetles. It will paralyze its beetle victim, lay an egg on it, and when the wasp larva emerges it dines
on the ready-made meal (sounds like a horror movie, doesn't it). © Carol Davis, 7/24/11


black wasp
In many species of the Tiphiid Wasp, the female is wingless. This one is probably
a male but I don't know for sure.  Being wingless would make it easier to hunt
for ground beetles. Here's a link describing the Tiphiid Wasp.
 
© Carol Davis, 7/24/11

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