Did You Know


Spider wasps (family Pompilidae) are wasps that hunt spiders to feed their offspring. The female’s toxic sting paralyses the spider, which she then drags to her nest. There she lays a single egg on the paralysed spider (which stays fresh since it’s still alive). The egg hatches into a larva, which slowly consumes the protein-rich spider. The larva then pupates and eventually hatches as an adult wasp. Adult spider wasps eat pollen.