Abispa Mud Wasp

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Abispa sp. mud wasps can look scary (this one is quite large at 25-30mm) but all she wants to do is collect caterpillars to provide food for her offspring. Here she has flown around a tree infested with leaf-rolling caterpillars until she spots a suitable candidate for extraction. She cuts a hole in its leaf, extracts the caterpillar and subdues it with venom before carrying it off to her mud nest.

Mud Wasp and Prey
Abispa mud wasp digs a caterpillar out of a mess of rolled up leaves. The wasp paralyses the grub before flying with it back to the nest. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Mud Wasp and Prey
Abispa mud wasp stings a leaf-rolling caterpillar into submission for a flight back to the nest. Oxley Creek, QLD.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark says:

    Very nice Deb. I’ve not seen that. I usually find these wasps at end of day preparing to sleep in the tips of the long grass.

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    1. debyarrow says:

      I’ve never seen them asleep like that. But of course they don’t sleep in the mud nests so they must sleep somewhere. Thanks Mark.

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