Yellow-Black Digger Wasp

This yellow-black digger wasp (A specie of digger wasps) is a solitary wasp belong to family Sphecidae. They dig hole in the ground or use pre-existed hole to construct their nest. Females capture and sting the prey to paralyze it. The paralyzed preys are deposited in the burrow. The wasps lay their eggs in the provisioned nest, on the body of one of the prey insects. When the larvae hatch, they feed on the paralyzed insects. They are not aggressive and do not sting people unless they are aggravated or captured by hand.

Yellow-black Digger Wasps
Ground Digger Wasp
Ground Digger Wasp
Ground Digger Wasp
Ground Digger Wasp Nest

4 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A fantastic sequence Birdy. Love the shots and info. Sorry to not comment sooner but I was away for a few days.

Faye Pekas said...

I'll have to believe you that they don't sting because I'm not going to get close enough to find out :) Great closeups.

rocksea said...

how do you differentiate a similar looking potter wasp...? i have a potter wasp posted on my website. have a check.

MedaM said...

Your photos are great; I also like the information you posted.