Back in July we noticed a new pile of sawdust by the raised flower bed. We new from previous years that a type of Ectemnius (solitary wasp) making it's nest there. So I thought I would capture one (an image) with my camera so I set it up on a gorilla pod and attached the remote setting the camera on high frame capture then waited.
This was the only shot I managed of the wasp landing with it's prey which is a fly. In previous years I had seen them flying clutching a fly but getting a shot of one proved very hard even landing. The fly is used as food for the larva when it hatches.
A few minuets after the was went in the next I noticed this fly sniffing around outside
It then went to investigate the opening
and went inside for a look
I did wonder if the wasp would come out and snatch it for it's nest
But now it scurried away before said wasp came out
Out came the wasp
quickly turning on to the side
The the next moment after I took this it was gone
I think the fly was pushing it's luck because it hung about
Even with the was emerging from it's nest
at times a couple of centimetres apart
Getting ready to fly
The blur is the was flying off. The was is still burrowing in the sleepers and the wood dust has gotten bigger at one stage my wife cleared some away so it could get in the nest. Orthogonally we did try to discourage them nesting but now we leave them to get on with it they don't bother us after all then kill fly's and that can't be bad.
Taking Part in Our World Tuesday