Wasp Studies Afield

Wasp Studies Afield

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ISBN-13: 9781341936753
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 10/03/2015
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

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CHAPTER II Behavior Of Wasps Belonging To The Family Pompilidae Pompiloides tropicus Linn. [S. A. Rohwer]. One mild, sunny September morning we were walking across the field when we were startled to espy a telltale hole in the path. It was only the beginning of a burrow, but in a most hazardous situation, right in the beaten path over which hundreds of workmen passed daily, and also at its intersection with the wagon-road; yet, because the spot was void of vegetation and sunny, the wasp had proceeded to make her nest there, as if unaware of any danger. The ground was dry and hard enough almost to break a pocket- knife to dig in it, while the surface had been ground by the tread of many feet into deep, fine dust. The hole was perhaps one-half inch deep; the spider, occasionally twitching, lay only an inch away. From this it is at once apparent that this wasp does not dig the hole first and then fetch her prey, for this hole was only begun, and the spider, an immature male Lycosa frondicola Em. [N. Banks], lay in front of it. The black Pompilid, conspicuous against the grey dust, with its broad orange band on the abdomen, was seen hunting diligently all about the vicinity, eight or ten feet away. She returned to the hole once, but we had tampered with it, knocking in a lot of loose dust in trying to break through the hard crust of earth for her, so she left it atonce and continued her search six feet to the west. She eventually came back and tried to dig in three or four places near her original location, but the loose surface dirt always rolled in upon her. She left again and wandered on foot down the road; finally after ten minutes she returned on the wing, found the spot withoutdifficulty and again dug in a hole which promised to be successful. A caterpillar hurried...

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