A species of digger wasp

Pemphredon spp.

preview hoet 00029 grabwespe erbeutet spinneThis was the end of the spider: The moment it started moving again, the spider was grabbed by the digger wasp, turned and anaesthetized with a bite. But it could not have been the first bite, since this spider seemed to live in the upper parts of the trees and possibly was already attacked and immobilized there.

Biting again and again, the wasp ensured not to lose it’s prey. The spider was far too heavy for the wasp to become airborne with it’s prey, but the dwelling of the wasp was only two or three meters away under a tree root. This is where the completely immobilized spider was pulled now.