I am at my house in Murcia region of Spain, and at the back of the garden on one particular tree, there seems to be a nest of these rather nasty looking wasps, much, much larger than the common paper wasp we normally have here. I then saw one dragging a Wolf Spider, several times its size. The spider was not moving at all and looked like its legs had been shortened. Nobody that I ask has ever seen anything like it before - even older people from the countryside up here.
I think the legs are too long for a Polistes. Presumably it's a pompilid (spider hunting) wasp. How about this one-
Thats what I originally thought, and the picture is very similar, although mine have dark markings on the orange wing tips. I was suprised that, although I can not see a nest as such, there are probably a hundred of them together, whereas everything I read about Spider Hunters sugested that they were solitary. Also, I couldnt find a Species indeiginous to Spain?
Premature reply-I just noticed the other pictures below the first one, and these do indeed look exactly like my wasps - And in France, so that answers the other question. Many Thanks.
Another question - I have a small dog and small Children. Do these wasps have a dangerous sting?
I've never heard of pompilids stinging people but I can't give a definitive answer - although, even if they could, there wouldn't be any poison associated with it.
Are the wasps dragging the spiders in to the ground? If so, there may be an apparent colony because they're restricted to where they can create their burrows because of soil type. They probably need sandy ground. Just a suggestion.