Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

small black wasp with spider

small black wasp with spider
Brossard, Quebec, Canada
August 4, 2007
Size: about half an inch
A small black spider wasp (roughly half an inch) carrying a spider. It had removed all but one leg of the spider, and was holding it backwards, biting near the spinnerets, but seemed to be having trouble carrying it. It flew in short hops and between flights it held its wings almost vertically above its body and kind of fluttered them, as though it was having trouble taking off. After this shot was taken it flew to the ground directly (almost a controlled fall), and then disappeared in the grass near the base of the wall.

If anyone can provide information about it I would be very grateful,

Moved from Spider Wasps.

Spider Wasp...
probably Phanagenia. The dorsal edge of the hind tibia looks smooth to me. However, Auplopus carbonarius has been recently recorded from Ontario, so I suppose there is a chance that it could also be found in Quebec. The two wasps are superficially similar. Phanagenia is probably MUCH more common, though. It's represented by one species in North America, P. bombycina.

Looks like a ground spider species and most of the legs have been sheared off. Nice shot.

Wow. That answer is pretty well the definition of knowledgeable; many thanks.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.