Weevil Wasps are solitary hunters that prey on Weevils, using them as a food source for their own offspring.
Members of the genus Cerceris are hunters and gatherers of weevils and other beetles. Female wasps dig nests in the ground along roads or in areas with loose sand and soil like baseball fields, parks, and beaches. They compact the material and create cells where they lay a fertilized egg. They fly off, in search of future food for their larvae.
Female Weevil Wasps bite their prey and paralyze them. The immobile weevil or beetle is then brought back to the nest and stuffed inside a cell where it remains alive, but paralyzed. A hatching wasp larva immediately begins feeding on the living, paralyzed weevil or beetle. Once the wasp larva has grown, it will pupate into its adult form and leave the nest and the now dead, devoured caterpillar.
Scientific Name: Cerceris spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 13mm (0.35in to 0.51in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.