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Hunting wasp (Ammophila zanthoptera)
Hunting wasp (Ammophila zanthoptera) adult with forage looper prey
Photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
HUNTING WASP FACTSDescription
Ammophila zanthoptera (Hunting Wasp) is a black wasp with very narrow waist and an orange band on the abdomen. The tail of the abdomen is bulb shaped. The wings are brownish and are held folded on top of each other when at rest. It preys mainly on insect larvae which it drags to a nest in the soil.
The adults wasps feed on nectar from flowers. Wasp larvae feed on host caterpillars
the female digs a hole in sandy soil, where she drags several captured caterpillars. She lays egg on one of the caterpillars. The larva feeds on the caterpillars.
Ammophila zanthoptera is found in western parts of the United States, Mexico
Relatives in same Genus
Thread-waisted Wasp (A. pictipennis)