Category Archives: Pompilidae


Free Monograph on Pompilid Spider Wasps of North America

Kurczewski, F.E., Edwards, G.B., Pitts, J.P. Hosts, Nesting Behavior, and Ecology of Some North American Spider Wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae), II† is available in pdf format at the Digital Commons of Utah State University. From the Abstract: “This […]

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Ant vs. wasp with a spider in the middle.

Every year I come across a few spider-hunting wasps, but I have yet to see a paralyzed spider actually being pulled into the nest. This time it seemed a sure thing: I first spotted the […]

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Playing in the Sand

I took a day-trip to the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area last week, a lovely bright sky day without too much heat. The early and coolest part of the walk was not great for bug photography, […]

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Middle-earth Interlude

Young Elwen, firmly astride her Asfaloth, cantered from her acreage home, down the gravel road, up the branch-arched path and into the Elf-haven otherwise known as Halfmoon Lake Natural Area. Since she was a mere six year-old […]

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Spider Wasp with Crab Spider

I found this spider-dragging wasp scampering over a fallen pine in the sandy Halfmoon Lake Natural Area. It was a challenge to photograph –  the rapidly moving spider, traveling over the rough surface of the […]

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Wasp and Spider

A busy spider-hunting wasp, most likely Arachnospila fumipennis (Family Pompilidae). Found at Opal Natural Area on August 30, 2012, she was hauling the spider over some very rough twig-and-needle ground, and had to re-position her hold on […]

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The Opal ‘Aspen-leaf-riding’ Spider…

Before I left on a 12 day trip to the southern prairie provinces, I left a post with the puzzling image of spider riding a trembling aspen leaf that was spinning in the wind.  How did it […]

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