Down at Coogoorah Park recently I saw a wasp doing a mighty job of dragging a stunned Huntsman spider, bigger than itself, over very rough terrain, and into some vegetation.

There the spider would be entombed and the wasp would lay an egg on it, so that the developing larva would have plenty of food. Similar wasp species build the mud nests on house walls, cliff faces and such like.

Spider-hunting Wasp

I sent some pictures of the wasp to the Melbourne Museum, and received the following reply:  ‘The wasp is a species of spider hunting wasp from the family Pompilidae, ... and judging by what we have in the collection, looks to be a species from the genus Sphictostethus – there are 13 species from this genus found in Australia.’

Neil Tucker

Events Calendar

Nov
25

Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm

Nov
26

Sun 9:30am - 11:00am

Nov
27

Mon 9:30am - 11:00am

Nov
27

Mon 11:00am - 1:00pm

Sign up for membership

ANGAIR membership gives you access to a range of great activities and benefits. Learn more about all these benefits as well as how to sign up and renew.

Sign Up

Go to top