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Spider hunting wasp {Pompilidae}photographed in a mobile field studio. Maliau Basin, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

Spider hunting wasp {Pompilidae}photographed in a mobile field studio. Maliau Basin, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

Spider-hunting Wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor) A menacing-looking yet magnificent wasp about 30 to 35 mm long. It was especially striking when flying. It had brilliant orange wings, antennae, frons on head and tibiae and tarsi. There was also an orange band on an abdominal segment. The black was so deep on a "muscular" thorax and first few segments of abdomen. The femurs were also black as were the base of the wings. Eyes were red.<br /> Spotted on Gahnia (native sword grass) in a par...

Spider-hunting Wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor) A menacing-looking yet magnificent wasp about 30 to 35 mm long. It was especially striking when flying. It had brilliant orange wings, antennae, frons on head and tibiae and tarsi. There was also an orange band on an abdominal segment. The black was so deep on a "muscular" thorax and first few segments of abdomen. The femurs were also black as were the base of the wings. Eyes were red.<br /> Spotted on Gahnia (native sword grass) in a par...

Spider Hunting Wasp

Spider Hunting Wasp

https://flic.kr/p/8fwkWz | 14-WY6Z5086 | Pompilidae spider-hunting wasp

https://flic.kr/p/8fwkWz | 14-WY6Z5086 | Pompilidae spider-hunting wasp

Spider Wasp nests  These are the nest chambers of a type of spider hunting wasp that stocks each mud chamber with a paralyzed spider and then lays her egg on it. Upon hatching, the larva eats the spider and pupates in the mud chamber. These were under one of the cover boards along the wildlife enhancement trail. NC State Museum of Natural Sciences

Spider Wasp nests These are the nest chambers of a type of spider hunting wasp that stocks each mud chamber with a paralyzed spider and then lays her egg on it. Upon hatching, the larva eats the spider and pupates in the mud chamber. These were under one of the cover boards along the wildlife enhancement trail. NC State Museum of Natural Sciences