Sand-Tailed Digger Wasp (Cerceris arenaria)

Sand-Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris arenaria

I have spent a fair amount of time around these fascinating creatures over the last few weeks. Believe it or not I started out taking images in an area no more than ten square metres of these black and yellow digger wasps, only to find on closer inspection that there where actually three species all slightly different. I spent forty minutes slowly watching the sand being pushed up as this one emerged for the first time. These predatory wasps catch weevils and carry them back to their burrows hooked under there bodies. I'm hopefully going to try for one of these in flight shots on my next visit to the reserve.
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