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Vespula germanica

1 European wasp at Hughes, ACT

Vespula germanica at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019
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Vespula germanica 25 Apr 2019 KimPullen
Vespula germanica 25 Apr 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

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I wanted to photograph a Leaf-curling Spider and I arrived just in time to see a European Wasp hovering near the web, before it appeared to charge into the net. The spider seemed to move but then backed away. After taking the picture I started to set up a tripod keep photographing. By the time I was ready with my tripod, the wasp had gone, while the spider was backed right up in its leaf. I looked up the behaviour on Canberra Nature Map, finding two cases where European Wasps had stolen, or attempted to steal prey from a spider’s web (https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/4205871 & https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/3374617). I think that is what happened in this case given the wasp looks like it has its legs wrapped around something in the web.

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Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 3 May 2020 by JackyF
Lycidae sp. (family) (Net-winged beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Mar 2020 by Linden
Siphanta acuta (Green planthopper, Torpedo bug) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Mar 2020 by Linden
Austroscolia soror (Blue-winged flower wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Jan 2020 by Linden
Lamprima aurata (Golden stag beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 24 Nov 2019 by Linden
Platybrachys sp. (genus) (A gum hopper) at Hughes, ACT - 1 Sep 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra
Threskiornis spinicollis (Straw-necked Ibis) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Aug 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra
Laxta granicollis (Common trilobite cockroach, bark cockroach) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Jun 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra
Ectropis (genus) (An engrailed moth) at Hughes, ACT - 25 May 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra
Poecilometis strigatus (Gum Tree Shield Bug) at Hughes, ACT - 19 May 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra

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