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Great Golden Digger Wasp

A large, non aggressive wasp that makes its nest in the ground. One of the things I love about insect photography is learning about them. This wasp digs tunnels underground then goes out in search of prey. Stuns it with its stinger but doesn't kill it. Flies it back to the tunnels, stashes it out of the way and lays an egg on it. When the egg hatches the larvae feeds on the still alive but immobile insect. Cool huh? Smile
And thank you for the kind response to the three quail brothers. Much appreciated.

Tags: Wasp Insect close up Wildlife and nature Pollinator Great Golden Digger Wasp

Voters: mike9005, Chinga, Fefe and 33 more

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12 Mar 2021 2:33PM
Excellent macro capture. Full of detail and colour.
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2021 2:37PM
Wow....great detail and write up Grin
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2021 2:37PM
Stunning macro. Great image quality...
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cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2021 3:10PM
Nature is both cool and cruel. Never ceases to amaze us!

It's a mighty fine macro!

12 Mar 2021 3:12PM
Stunning image.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2021 3:44PM
An excellent macro of a parasite with a not-so-nice way of raising its young.
12 Mar 2021 4:30PM
Superb image.
boov Plus
8 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2021 7:36PM
Super macro
Agglestone 8 72 England
13 Mar 2021 10:06AM
Great macro and interesting information
SlowSong Plus
13 9.7k 30 England
13 Mar 2021 11:48AM
How interesting; I never knew about this wasp. Great shot.
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2021 10:39PM
A fine shot with an interesting and gruesome write up.Smile

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