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Two-fer: Black Wasp? and ? - Auplopus mellipes

Two-fer: Black Wasp? and ? - Auplopus mellipes
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
May 21, 2010
Size: +/- 5/8"

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looks like a spider wasp with a catch
The wasp appears to be a spider wasp (Pompilidae) with an already-paralyzed spider (the prey). From the first image, it appears that the 2nd-4th pairs of legs of the spider have been removed. A female spider wasp paralyzes her prey, drags the hapless spider to an underground nest, and lays an egg on it. The egg hatches into a wasp larva (maggot) which has fresh meat to eat and grow on.
J. Fortier

 
looks like a spider wasp with a catch
Thanks.