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Digger Wasp at Burrow - Sphex ichneumoneus

Digger Wasp at Burrow - Sphex ichneumoneus
Cohutta Mountains, Murray County, Georgia, USA
June 29, 2010
(2nd of 3 in Series) Great Golden Digger Wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus, Cohutta Wilderness, North Georgia Mountains, Murray County, Georgia, USA, 29 June 2010

I watched this Wasp attack this prey and later drag it into the burrow entrance in the upper right hand corner of the photograph.

The scuffle caught my attention as the Wasp attacked the prey. The Wasp then dragged the prey to just outside the burrow. The Wasp spent some time inside the burrow (entered and exited several times) before dragging the prey inside. After the prey was inside the burrow, the Wasp flew away.

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Digger Wasp at Burrow - Sphex ichneumoneus - female Digger Wasp at Burrow - Sphex ichneumoneus Digger Wasp at Burrow - Sphex ichneumoneus

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They don't actually kill thei
They don't actually kill their prey. They paralyze them. They need to be fresh so the grubs have fresh food. The grubs eat the paralyzed prey alive.

 
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Ok, will re-word it. Thanks

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