I have noticed a number of holes in our garden and flower beds lately. These holes are about a half inch in diameter and there is generally a small pile of new dirt outside the entrance. On one previous occasion I noticed a large wasp (about one inch long) come out of one of these holes, but I did not have my camera handy and missed the photo-op.
Last evening Mary and I were coming home from visiting at Gerri and Libby’s house when I saw a wasp working away digging a new hole in one of the planters we have for flowers near our front door.
I got the camera and waited to see if I could photograph the wasp working on his new burrow. After a minute I saw this wasp backing out of the hole.
He quickly backed out and dropped some dirt pellets and then shot back down the hole to continue digging.
He moved so quickly it was hard to get a clear picture, but I got down lower and kept trying until I got these two pictures.
I believe this wasp is in the pompilid family called, “marabunta” in Ecuador. The common English word for this family of wasps is, “spider wasp.” According to the internet search these wasps hunt and kill spiders and then dig burrows into the ground for the wasp larva to eat the captured spiders. So, if we can avoid being stung by these wasps they are actually a good thing if they help reduce the number of spiders.
Here is a short video of the wasp in action to show you why it was so difficult to get close up still photos.
Busy little guy!
Life is good in Ecuador!