WHAT in the WORLD is this MONSTER??

While pulling weeds from the garden, I noticed this... this THING buzzing around. I had never seen anything like it! Curiosity got the best of me. I took a little break from working and followed it around for a bit. At first, it reminded me of a mud dauber wasp, with its thread-like waste; but closer examination revealed a couple of big differences. First, there was an orange stripe on its abdomen that I've never seen on any of our mud daubers. Then, I noticed those GIANT mandibles! Its behavior was also much different than a mud dauber. While a mud dauber generally picks up mud and flies it back to its nesting spot, this thing was going in and out of a hole in the ground and then refilling it. This was definitely not a mud dauber wasp. But, what was it?

Watch The Video To Find Out!



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Just looking at the image made look through my National Audubon Society book on insects and I think it is the Thread waisted wasp. I've seen them here only a couple of times while doing landscaping work.

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She is huge! I have never seen one like that.
So cool to watch her move the legs so fast :)

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Manually curated by EwkaW from the @qurator Team. Keep up the good work!

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We have there, a showcase of mutation occurring in nature.

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