Pompilid spider wasp

Pompilid spider wasp

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Caption: Pompilid spider wasp (Pepsis ruficornis), close-up photo. This specimen was found in the Dominican Republic. It is coloured metallic dark blue and purple with yellow antenna. Spider wasps are solitary and hunt spiders. Once caught, the wasp paralyses the spider and lays her eggs inside. Some species will bury the spider in a burrow. The emerging larvae feed on the still-alive spider. Photographed by the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab: an organisation dedicated to identifying, cataloguing and monitoring bees and other insect species.

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