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January 2009 - Spider Wasp
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Spider Wasp, Aporus luxus
Spider Wasp, Aporus luxus

Spider wasps are solitary creatures. They are named by the fact that the females search for and paralyze a spider which they use as food for their larvae. They are often seen scrounging around looking for an appropriate spider which they will drag to a place where they will build a nest, if one hasn't been made already, and then lay an egg. The spider becomes food for the larvae when it hatches.

 
Spider Wasp, Aporus luxus
Adults can sting. They can been found on flowers, feeding on nectar.

To learn more about wasps and their allies, visit our Visual Bug Guide

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