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Spider Wasps: Solitary Hunters in our Backyards

Femi E Benny

Round Glass Sustain |  June 3, 2024

Spider wasps are skilled hunters specialising in capturing spiders to nourish their offspring. This wasp was searching for its prey, and I was about to witness its remarkable hunting prowess firsthand. Soon, the wasp’s search came to a dramatic halt. It had found its prey—a jumping spider. The encounter was swift with the wasp, utilising its speed and agility to overpower the spider. Despite the spider’s attempts to escape, it stood no chance. The wasp stung the spider, delivering a paralysing venom that rendered the spider helpless yet alive.