How would you like to be paralysed, partially strangled and buried alive ... taking at least 2 days to die?
Apparently that's the fate of the Digger Wasp prey - buried to feed the next generation in sandy soil.
I've had several suggestions for identification but i get the impression that they are all very similar and for good identification you need a specimen or very good macro photos. So it could be Gorytes laticinctus, Cerceris rybyensis or Cerceris arenaria? maybe?
Here's a slow motion of the last stages to help:
This may be the same species, spotted in 2018 emerging from the soil under a well established pot grown Acer palmatum dissectum:
During the FlightPath Community project there have been a few discussions about insects that have adapted to our built environment and those that recolonise post industrial sites. This little wasp has certainly made the most of the sand layer under our paving.
If I had known then what I know now
I would have started this diary years ago
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