Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wasp Larva, Unplugged
It was the 2nd hot afternoon this summer and so we were sitting on the patio appreciating the quality of shade produced by the calico sheets I had just hung up when a wasp flew by in an unusually weighted down way. I noticed she was carrying something and seemed to be having a hard time of it, when she landed on a plant nearby and set down her load. She flew off, leaving this larva behind on the philodendron xanadu leaf.
The flying wasp looked like a polistes but I didn't get a good enough look to say which species. This larva is a wasp. Sometimes they fall out of their nest cells; maybe the adult wasp was trying to pick up one of her young and return it to safety. Or could she have been preying upon the unfortunate fallen larva of another species? She never returned and the larva is now dead. It's interesting to be able to have a look at what otherwise remains mostly hidden inside the wasp nest.