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Pompilidae (family)

1 Unidentified Spider wasp at suppressed

Pompilidae (family) at suppressed - 12 Jan 2023
Pompilidae (family) at suppressed - 12 Jan 2023
Pompilidae (family) at suppressed - 12 Jan 2023
Pompilidae (family) at suppressed - 12 Jan 2023
Pompilidae (family) at suppressed - 12 Jan 2023
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Identification history

Pompilidae (family) 12 Jan 2023 SimoneC
Pison sp. (genus) 12 Jan 2023 CathB

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The wasp was dragging the Opisthoncus spider, which appeared to be paralysed, around the window frame. However, when it got too close to a hole hiding a Badumna spider, the big spider darted out and snatched the prey away from the wasp. The wasp tried to take it back, but the big spider retreated with it into its hole. The wasp ran all around searching and almost became prey itself when it got too close to the hole. The last photo was taken at the start, but shows the wasp better. There are mud nests all round these windows.

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Species information

  • Pompilidae (family) Scientific name
  • Unidentified Spider wasp Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 12 Jan 2023 04:16 PM Recorded on
  • CathB Recorded by

Additional information

  • Opisthoncus spider prey snatched by Badumna spider Associated Insect
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health
  • True Wasp nest present

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  • Confirmed by an expert moderator
  • Nearby sighting(s) of same species
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