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224. The Digger On The Flower

  • Posted Aug. 12, 2010 by Ricardo in Insects. Viewed 4357 times

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Ammophila heydeni aka Sand Digger Wasp


The digger wasp do not live in community, they are solitary, they rarely bite and they feed their young with insects which can cause many pests such as flies, grasshoppers and worms.
These wasps are usually slender and elongated than the common ones, with the abdomen close to the 1.5 and 2.5cm .They are mainly reddish-orange or yellow but predominantly black.
With their legs they make a small tunnel on the sand (land) which will be their nest! They fill it with insects which serves like food for their larva, depending on the species hunted an insect or another, they nailed their sting to paralyze them but not kill them because if they do they can make their young in danger since they will eat the ‘’poisoned ‘’ food.



Las Avispas excavadoras no viven en comunidad,son solitarias,muy raramente pican y ademas alimentan a sus crias con numerosos insectos que pueden provocar plagas como moscas,saltamontes y gusanos.
Estas Avispas suelen ser mas estilizadas y alargadas que las comunes,con el abdomen estrecho en el principio Miden entre 1,5 y 2,5 cm. tienen principalmente colores rojizos-anaranjados o amarillos aunque predomina el negro.
Anidan en el suelo.con sus patas realizan un pequeño tunel,el cual rellenan con insectos que serviran de alimento a su larva,segun la especie cazara un insecto u otro,les clava el agijon los paralizan,pero no los matan ya que esto podria provocar podedumbre en el nido y matar a su larva mientras se desarrolla.

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    • # Artbee

      Very good post Ricky! Interesting and informative, great photos as well!

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    • # Liz

      yes very interesting..they look so different from other wasps

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    • # Josy

      Wonderful post andinteresting because I don't know this digger wasp !

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    • # Birthe

      Very interesting about this wasp, never seen it before - we don't have them here in Norway.

      2010.08.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jon Laysell

      Great photos Ricky. Very interesting reading too. I got some digger photos in Portugal. I'll post them soon.

      2010.08.12 Edited Reply Cancel