Friday, October 17, 2008

Spider Wasp (Tachypompilus ferrugineus)

The female spider wasp paralyzes her spider prey, then drags it back to her intended nest location.  Typically, nests are constructed in a crevice or at the base of a rock pile, walls, or building.    The female scoops out a shallow depression in the soil, deposits prey and then lays her eggs.  She covers the nest with soil and debris.  This particular wasp had a different idea.  She was doing a fine job of dragging her spider straight up an outside wall of Jo's studio.  I did not see her final destination, but I assume her intended nest was in a crack or crevice up where the wall meets the eaves or, maybe, between the wall and chimney.