Thread-Waisted Wasp (Ammophila spp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Thread-Waisted Wasp, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 9/4/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Fans of sandy soil, the Thread-waisted Wasps from the Ammophila genus use the loose earth to house their offspring.
Female Thread-waisted Wasps are solitary creatures. After mating, females will dig small caves into the ground using their legs and jaws. Inside the hole, an egg is laid and given a plump, paralyzed caterpillar 'pillow' for eating once it hatches. After a burrow has been filled, the female covers it with compacted soil to hide her treasure while it grows and develops.
Adults drink flower nectar and can be found roaming over the ground in arid and semi-arid regions. They are active during the day and can sting in defense if threatened, but they are not considered aggressive.