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Sand Digger Wasp

By Metro6R4  
Ammophila sabulosa

Digger Wasps are not closely related to the Spider Wasps, but behave accordingly. They are not very specialized and use all kinds of animals, mainly the larvae of insects , such as butterflies, moths, locusts and flies, but adults and spiders as well. These are paralyzed and then transported to the nest, often a self digged hole in the ground. Some of the better known Digger Wasps have a very characteristic body, and are therefor immediately identified as wasps.

For the larvae may be meat eaters, the adult Sand Digger Wasps feed on pollen! This is a large species, that can be well over two centimeters in length. In the pictures a male feeding.

Tags: Fly Flower Close-up and macro Wings Marco pollen

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 10:20AM
An extremely detailed and information pre-narrative, which has been supported quite magnificently by this rather remarkable and somewhat scary macro.

Regards Nathan

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21 Sep 2012 11:11AM
Cracking Shot, I agree with Nathan: scary macro - I have a phobia of these but the shot is remarkable.
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 12:22PM
Great detail here. Well captured.

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 4:58PM
Looks vicious! Grin
Nevertheless it's an incredible good capture! IB
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 6:21PM
Well captured and nicely detailed with a good intro from you, he is well covered in pollen by the looks
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
22 Sep 2012 3:36PM
Another awesome macro image Paul.



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