Why They're Called Spider Wasps   (two photos)
"Survival of the Fittest"


spider and wasp
I was in a great spider place on Antelope Island when I saw a wasp struggling with something over
in the weeds. When I hopped over there, I could see it was a Spider Wasp and she had something in
her grasp - but then she dropped it.  I thought maybe I had startled her, but in about 30 seconds here
 she came again struggling up the weeds with her prey - a large Neoscona. At this point I don't
 know if the spider was fighting back or not but the wasp was having a heck of a time getting
the spider airborne.  Once more after she had worked her way almost to the top, she
dropped it.  © Carol Davis 9-1-2016

third times a charm
Third time's a charm, and from the looks of the spider, it wasn't putting up any fight this time;
in fact, it looked like rigor mortis had set in. The wasp had a strong hold on the spider and when
she got near the top of the weeds, she lifted that spider with apparent ease and flew off with it.
She went about 10 feet and went to the ground again.  I couldn't see her at all and she didn't
 resurface, so I think that's where the wasp's burrow was. I was lucky to find this scene -
 a few minutes either way and I would have missed it.  I don't know how my camera
focused through the weeds - Panasonics rock!  © Carol Davis 9-1-2016

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