These wasps are wide spread in the Eastern US and fly from May through October in southern states. The adults feed on nectar and the larvae are fed caterpillars captured by the females. Like the Eremnophila aureonotata that was in the previous blog, they lay their eggs in a burrow and may be followed by satellite flies who lay their eggs on the freshly delivered caterpillar. This is a form of cleptoparasitism (parasitism by theft), feeding their young of food captured by another species.
|Senotaina vigilans - Tom Murray|
|"Paging Dr. Frankenstein" - Tom Murray|
Eric included the link to this interesting clip on solitary wasps which led me to this fascinating video that shows not only showing A. procera in action but the arrival of the flesh flies.
Thanks as always to "BudEric" and to Tom Murray for generously sharing his photography through Creative Commons.