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Insect: Wasps

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby arks » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:42 pm

Can anyone help with an ID of this wasp, seen at Grootkolk in KTP in February 2010? The wasps enjoyed our birdbath and also liked to drink from the end of the kitchen water spigot, climbing up into it.

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I'm impressed by the wasp's technique here, grasping the edge of the birdbath and then hanging down to reach the water.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby normana53 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:52 pm

I am no expert, but it looks like it could be Delta emarginatum the Black Mud Wasp. They get water to make mud for their nests.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby arks » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:48 pm

I saw these two critters — the dark one is an insect for sure, but I'm not so sure about the pale pink critter :? — "interacting" near the Venus Pool at Cape Point in March 2010. I've no idea about either, so am hoping that someone can help with an ID?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:02 pm

arks,
It def looks like a wasp and the pinkish one like a spider. :hmz:
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby ross hawkins » Sun May 15, 2011 4:02 pm

Hi arks

This looks to be a species of spider hunting wasp and the spider a rain spider.
The wasp will have stung the spider and paralyzed it and will then take it back to its burrow or built nest where the wasp will then lay an egg on the spider and this will be food for the larva when it hatches.

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Re: Insect: Wasps

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:13 pm

Paper wasps get their name from their papery multi-celled nests that they build using chewed-up wood mixed with their saliva. They nest pillar that attaches it to a sturdy support is contructed first.
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Re: Insect: Wasps

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:57 pm

The female bee wolf builds a multi-celled nest in bare sandy soil. The cells are stocked with mostly common honey bees that are ambushed at flowers.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:10 pm

Does anyone knoe the exact name of this wasp (if it is a wasp, but I think so..) ? I saw this beautiful insect while I was doing the Rhino walk in Berg n Dal in November.

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Re: Insect: Wasps

Unread postby Impisi08 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:15 pm

I am not sure, but I think this is a wasp. It was crossing the main road 20 kilometers North of Mopani. It moved amazingly fast, towing this big spider.

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Re: Insect: Wasps

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:41 pm

Wow what an incredible sighting!!!

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