Footage of another mellow Florida wasp

There’s no need to fear the Common Thread-waisted Wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata), since it rarely stings. I recently filmed a mating pair and the foraging female during a visit to San Felasco Hammock Preserve in Gainesville, Florida.

Common Thread-wasted wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata)

After mating, the female digs a burrow, and then searches for a caterpillar to place inside. She then paralyzes the caterpillar with a sting and flies it back to the nest. After wrestling it into the burrow, she lays an egg on it and then carefully covers the burrow’s entrance. After hatching, the cradled waspling consumes the caterpillar.

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She is a cognitive trainer and English tutor with a passion for day-hiking and nature. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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