Nature's Place

Black Wasp

Already debilitated but job not done yet. Wasp resumes work on dismembering spider.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

Powerful and efficient butcher, the wasp takes no chances and makes no mistakes.

Resumes her butchery in a forceful manner, expressive of her no-nonsense ways.

She inspects spider to maintain methodology, removing those long and – could be – deadly legs.

Using her wings now to increase traction on the object of her desire. Time is of the essence.

Spiders legs can often regrow, but not this time … Severing another leg to make flying easier.

Change of position, having a go at the deadly mandibles, which may still be a threat – if only to her young.

Job almost done, package nearly ready, she prepares to carry spider away to her home in the BBB’s nest.

Spider legs strewn about. Package almost ready to fly. One last go at those venom packed mandibles.

I was pottering around the house and saw this Huntsman limping along the ground.

Limping because some legs were missing and it couldn’t run as Huntsmen do so well.

Limping out into open space when ordinarily it would be in the opposite direction, under cover.

So, thinking it might be confused (for some reason), I gave it a nudge towards the undergrowth.

But it wasn’t having it, kept on heading out into open space and nothing I could do about it.

Then the black wasp with yellow antennae showed up and attacked the spider with a will.

It had already been working on it, spider confused by venom but not yet subdued.

So she, the wasp, stung the spider again, and again, and proceeded to dismember it.

To carry it away to her nest at the edge of the garden, to feed her young.

What they do, we do … our existential nature.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. Mike Scir said, on 19/03/2020 at 3:17 pm

    Amazing photos, thank you. Wasps are minimalist perfection.

  2. Lunar Euphoria said, on 17/03/2020 at 10:48 am

    Wasps are crazy!! I had one dive bomb me repeatedly against my straw hat because I deadheaded the flower she’d made home. My yardwork uniform is wasp-proof but I took off running just the same. She chased me up to the pond then back to the garage, where I finally took shelter indoors. Ten minutes later I went back out and she was there waiting, still full of fury and still on the attack. How such a tiny brain can hold vengeance for so long is beyond me.

    • Mark said, on 17/03/2020 at 6:47 pm

      “How such a tiny brain can hold vengeance for so long is beyond me.”

      Some wasp species are particularly persistent, the paper wasp for instance requires very delicate handling – if any handling at all. I certainly wouldn’t rob her home in broad daylight.

      Some people manage to pass on their prejudices from generation to generation. At least the individual wasp does move on, if only for survivals sake, albeit instinctively.

  3. kopfundgestalt said, on 14/03/2020 at 10:07 am

    Absolutely great, a whole Story.
    Question remains: Who told the wasp the program??

    • Mark said, on 15/03/2020 at 2:02 pm

      Who made the questioner? Or the ‘I’ behind the questioner?

      There remains a mystery to be realised, but perhaps not known.

  4. pflanzwas said, on 12/03/2020 at 7:35 am

    Great shots! Unbelievable that this bee is flying away with the spider. The spider looks huge. Yes, they do what we do. Amazing photos.

    • Mark said, on 15/03/2020 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Almuth. I know the wasp will fly much of the way home with it but often see them just carrying their prey home along the surface.

      • pflanzwas said, on 16/03/2020 at 6:35 am

        We know that ants can carry a lot of weight, but I never saw anything like that with a wasp. You never know with nature :-) She does things we can’t imagine.

        • Mark said, on 17/03/2020 at 4:50 am

          We can do one better than imagine, we can observe. As long as there’s insects (nature) about.

  5. joycee said, on 12/03/2020 at 3:13 am


  6. chicoyaya said, on 12/03/2020 at 2:15 am

    Amazing, yet somehow a little creepy! You have an extraordinary amount of patience.

    • Mark said, on 15/03/2020 at 1:58 pm

      Amazing nature in the raw, our nature.

  7. Michael Scandling said, on 12/03/2020 at 1:30 am

    Engrossing photos, and story.

    • Mark said, on 15/03/2020 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Michael. Nature is an unfolding epic, over a cup of tea.

  8. David said, on 11/03/2020 at 11:52 pm

    Exquisite photos.

  9. kopfundgestalt said, on 11/03/2020 at 7:41 pm

    I Made some pics in September Last year. A
    Wasp attacking a worm. it bite a piece out of it and flew away. I took the worm with a Leaf and set it down a few metres away.
    The wasp came back and searched the Ground for at least 10 Minutes. Back and forth, in an area of 4 metres x 4 metres.never flew to the place where the worm actually was.

    • Mark said, on 15/03/2020 at 1:54 pm

      A few metres away is a long distance to a wasp.

  10. krikitarts said, on 11/03/2020 at 6:44 pm

    What a startlingly efficient little butcher she is. And what an exceptional photographic sequence.

  11. TishGirl❤️ said, on 11/03/2020 at 4:44 pm

    Yet another fantastic set of photos!

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