Bee Wolf Philanthus triangulum In Flight with Prey

Bee Wolf Philanthus triangulum In Flight with Prey


I finely managed to nail this shot after loads of trial and effort. I find these solitary digger wasps fascinating. As the name suggests the Bee wolf hunts solitary bees. These are caught and paralyzed. They are carried back to the nest burrow by grasping with the middle legs. A number of bees will be captured in this way and are sealed up in the burrow for the wasp larva to feed on. This female is about to enter her burrow with paralyzed bee in a deadly embrace!
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