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what kind of wasp did i see?

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:40 pm
by k9luver523
Today i saw a wasp on my front porch. it has a reddish-orange body with shiny metallic blue wings. It was carrying a dead (or at least paralyzed) spider. It crawled backwards up the wall and window and had very long nimble legs. It was definitaly a type of wasp. It had a stinger and what appeared to be red stripes on its abdomen. These are pictures of the wasp and spider:



[img]https://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k189/k9luver523/wasp.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k189/k9luver523/wasp2.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k189/k9luver523/wasp3.jpg[/img][/img]

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:12 am
by Kisal
Possibly one of these:

https://www.duke.edu/~jspippen/hymenoptera/vespidae.htm

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:52 am
by !potatoes!
did it flick its wings a alot, in little pulses? that would be a pretty good double-check that it was a Pompilid wasp (family Pompilidae) - most members of that family are spider-killers...they're impressive to see working, aren't they?

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:02 pm
by Sage Hermit
These wasps lay their eggs inside of the spiders and their brood eat the spider from the inside. Are you in Arizona?