July 22nd, 2010

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Mother Spider Wasp, organizing food for her children...yet unborn

Yes, we did have a nice leopard sighting at Kabini (photo and video will follow)...but to all of us, the real highlight of the trip was the wonderful drama that unfolded before our eyes...and at our feet! It was Life Under Foot at its riveting best.

Here is the main protagonist (is there a word called "protagonistess"?)...the female

SPIDER WASP

(Family, Pompilidae)

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If you click on the name, you'll get the story of what they do, to be called Spider Wasps. And ...that's what we saw!

Here's the victim who's going to become food for the babies:


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Doesn't it look fearsome?...and yet, it's the prey, not the predator this time!

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What a hard-working way of ensuring a good start for one's children..surely, the equivalent of paying the child's way through school and college for humans!