Paper Wasp Skinning a Caterpillar
Polistes dominula Paper Wasp
and
Geometrid
Moth

geomestrid caterpillar
No one seems to know what these beautiful little caterpillars turn into and I have only
found them on rabbit brush.  This one didn't turn into anything, unfortunately, as you
can see as this story unfolds. © Carol Davis 8-7-2013


wasp devouring caterpillar
I was watching this beautiful caterpillar because I hadn't seen any in a few years. All of
a sudden a paper wasp came flying in and took a bite of it.  I couldn't have saved it if
I'd wanted to.  © Carol Davis 8-7-2013


caterpillar and wasp
I won't show you all the pictures because this process was gruesome. The wasp skinned
the caterpillar and seemed to be gathering it up to take with it. I read somewhere that
they use the skin, as well as the caterpillar, to provision their nests.  © Carol Davis 8-7-2013


gathering caterpillar skin
By this point, I had just about had enough of this process so I left the scene before it was
finished.  I wish that little caterpillar could have grown into a gorgeous butterfly but, alas,
the wasp had other plans. 
© Carol Davis 8-7-2013, Antelope Island

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