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Aug 3, 2012 8:35 PM

Is This A Wasp?

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.

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    Aug 4, 2012 11:50 AM (in response to Maltass)
    Re: Is This A Wasp?

    Hmmm...it looks to be a species of Paper Wasp (Polistes) but I have no idea which type. Could it possibly be a hybrid?

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      Aug 6, 2012 5:51 AM (in response to kellyw1991)
      Re: Is This A Wasp?

      I think the legs are too long for a Polistes. Presumably it's a pompilid (spider hunting) wasp. How about this one-

      http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/cryptocheilus_alternatus.html

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            Aug 7, 2012 4:28 AM (in response to Maltass)
            Re: Is This A Wasp?

            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.

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    May 5, 2013 12:43 PM (in response to Maltass)
    Re: Is This A Wasp?

    It's a Cryptocheilus alternatus, the largest of our Cryptocheilus and also the largest of our pompilids. A very pretty creature.

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