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Jan 06, 2018 11:42 |  #1

Sand Wasp (Ammophila sabulosa) with prey item Beautiful Yellow Underwing (Anarta myrtilli) Larvea

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Jan 07, 2018 00:36 |  #2

Wonderful series Lester. I assume the wasp cant fly with such a load?
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Jan 08, 2018 02:13 |  #3

Fantastic documentation! That caterpillar is going to be live food to be eaten inside out :(


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Jan 08, 2018 03:59 |  #4

LordV wrote in post #18535327 (external link)
Wonderful series Lester. I assume the wasp cant fly with such a load?
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I thought they could sometimes but I am not sure.
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Jan 10, 2018 09:43 |  #5

Lester,
Nice. I too enjoy seeing the behavioral shots. The last one is my favorite.


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Jan 11, 2018 06:12 |  #6

Many thanks all for looking and commenting.

LordV wrote in post #18535327 (external link)
Wonderful series Lester. I assume the wasp cant fly with such a load?
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This one was flying a bit with the prey item but mostly dragging, other cases I have seen only dragged. All times either way it is quite exhausting for the wasp which has to take breaks.

hayath wrote in post #18536079 (external link)
Fantastic documentation! That caterpillar is going to be live food to be eaten inside out :(

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davholla wrote in post #18536099 (external link)
I thought they could sometimes but I am not sure.
Congratulations on getting the photos.

stevendillonphoto wrote in post #18537828 (external link)
Lester,
Nice. I too enjoy seeing the behavioral shots. The last one is my favorite.


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Jan 11, 2018 14:00 |  #7

Good action set; never seen one of these in action but do know a Beewolf colony in Wimbledon.


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Jan 16, 2018 09:37 |  #8

racketman wrote in post #18538792 (external link)
Good action set; never seen one of these in action but do know a Beewolf colony in Wimbledon.

Thanks Toby, I have caught this behaviour twice now in different places, not yet seen a Beewolf subduing a honeybee though so if you can get that I would love to see.

The beewolf colony at Thursley is sadly diminished. Partly down to erosion of the nesting areas due to bike traffic on footpaths it seems.


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Jan 16, 2018 10:04 as a reply to  @ Lester Wareham's post |  #9

Great captures, but I think I would have preferred the larva to the wasp - Beautiful Yellow Underwing is missing from my collection of moth shots! Where did you take this series, please, Lester, and what time of year? Maybe I could find a larva and rear it to imago...


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Lester Wareham wrote in post #18542185 (external link)
Thanks Toby, I have caught this behaviour twice now in different places, not yet seen a Beewolf subduing a honeybee though so if you can get that I would love to see.

The beewolf colony at Thursley is sadly diminished. Partly down to erosion of the nesting areas due to bike traffic on footpaths it seems.

Are you sure that caused the problem? I was told that a solitary wasp colony (Astata boops) in Bookham liked the mountain bike areas as they were hard packed and a good nest area.
(Not from Bookham but the same species)

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Jan 20, 2018 06:18 |  #11

Trik wrote in post #18542200 (external link)
Great captures, but I think I would have preferred the larva to the wasp - Beautiful Yellow Underwing is missing from my collection of moth shots! Where did you take this series, please, Lester, and what time of year? Maybe I could find a larva and rear it to imago...

Thursley NNR in Septemember. I think there is a spring brood of the BYU also. You have a chance anywhere where there is heather I think.

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davholla wrote in post #18542253 (external link)
Are you sure that caused the problem? I was told that a solitary wasp colony (Astata boops) in Bookham liked the mountain bike areas as they were hard packed and a good nest area.
(Not from Bookham but the same species)

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I am basing it on the sand banks by the path over Shrike Hill being erroded, it seems coincide with the increase of bikes over the reserve.


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Jan 20, 2018 11:19 as a reply to  @ Lester Wareham's post |  #13

Thanks Lester. I'll check about a Spring brood, but Autumn might be easier for me, as I have a couple of moth-breeding projects that should be started up in Spring, and I wouldn't want too many on the go as larvae can be such a pain sometimes!


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Jan 21, 2018 08:20 |  #14

Lester Wareham wrote in post #18544959 (external link)
I am basing it on the sand banks by the path over Shrike Hill being erroded, it seems coincide with the increase of bikes over the reserve.

That makes sense, that the bikes damage the sand and reduce the number of wasps. (I didn't know you were talking about a sandy place). Bookham common is not sand and so the effect is different and ironically beneficial.




  
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