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Not a Polistes - attacking an orb weaver - Poecilopompilus flavopictus - female

Not a Polistes - attacking an orb weaver - Poecilopompilus flavopictus - Female
Medina River Park south of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
June 18, 2007
Size: ~18mm
This individual was vigorously attacking an orb-weaver

Poecilopompilus flavopictus
This is a great find! Previously, the species was only known from the Brownsville area in Texas. New for Bugguide.

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That is a pompilid wasp and t
That is a pompilid wasp and their only prey are spiders... very nice pic..

 
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I thought it was wierd that a Polistes was attacking a spider, but I've never seen a pompilid like that. I looked through the sphecids but didn't see anything resembling this one. Guess I should have looked closer at the mesopleuron. I also got a 20 second video of the attack. It was fascinating.

 
Yes
This is a shockingly marked spider wasp. My exact thought when I shot one a few years ago was "what is that yellow jacket doing with that spider?" Nice shot of one that is much yellower than mine was.

My old series is here:
http://www.hr-rna.com/RNA/Other%20insect%20pages/Poecilopompilus%20series%20page.htm

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