A bit of drama played out today while I was weeding my cactus garden. I noticed a wasp paying lots of attention to a small object laying in the sand. It appears to be a small tomato hornworm and it was not going to be a good day for it.
|Laying paralyzed in the sand a caterpillar awaits a visitor|
|A parastoid wasp with the future food source for her young|
|"Smile you are on camera"|
This is enlargement of the previous shot because I noted her mandibles form a smile.
|I left the scene for a few minutes and when I returned the caterpillar was gone and the wasp was filling in a hole.|
|She dug in the sand the same way a dog might. The entire time her wings beat furiously and it was quite loud.|
I was very close when I took these shots.
|Finished, hole complete, eggs laid and food source in place.|