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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


(Family, Pompilidae)


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:

tarantula 210710 kabini

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

When Shreeram first spotted her, she was flying around, and I got her doing a long set of calisthenics from the edge of the men's tent:

I am not sure why she was doing this, was she limbering up for the coming stretch of very hard work?

Then we saw that there was a dead


at the base of the wall, and we quickly realized that we were looking at a mother laying the foundation of her nursery, and stocking the larder for her babies at the same time!

The spider wasn't dead; it was moving feebly.

Spider wasps stun their prey...usually a spider...and then take it underground, bury it and lay eggs on it, so that the babies, when they hatch, have live fresh meat to feed on.

Here's the way Ms Pompilid did it:

Here she is, both injecting venom into the hapless Tarantula:

She then pulls it over the debris that she's thrown up while digging the hole, decides the hole is still too small, and leaves it there while she goes to make the hole bigger:

She then pulls the Tarantula in:

Soon, the spider disappears underground:

She begins covering up the hole from which, in course of time, her babies will emerge:

and here we are, documenting it all:

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!

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You compare seeing a *LEOPARD* with the miniscule doings of a *wasp* and the leopard is lacking?!
I cry foul play!!!


The leopard...just sat there..then went off. What's the great thing about that? It's more that you don't get to see them often....there was no behaviour to watch...unlike my tiger sighting at Kaziranga, where the tiger was trying to stalk some deer.

This wasp....we followed its doings for more than 3 hours! Riveting to us!

Did I miss that?

It is amazing what these creatures do for their survival. Very systematic...


and...this was for a generation that the mother might never see! I find so amazing.

Indeed, deponti. That's the beauty of the Selfish Gene at work! I'm sure you'll like the book. Read it?

Poecilotheria with wasp


I'm Thomas Märklin from Switzerland, i'm researcher of
the birdspiders of genus Poecilotheria.

Your pictures and videos of the birdspider Poecilotheria
with wasp are very interesting.
Can I insert the pictures and videos on my side
of course with your copyright?

Thanks for your answer and till soon.

Best Regards

Thomas Märklin

Re: Poecilotheria with wasp

I've replied to you on INW, but in case you are seeing this (you haven't given your email id)...you are most welcome to the photos and videos, as long as you mention my name.

Thank you for the id, Thomas! Wish you the very best.

A real live journal! It is these creatures that remind us, humans, how lazy are we.


Oh no, we're not lazy...we've organized our food chain well! Look at the milk delivery guys or the vegetable sellers getting the produce early in the morning....you can't call them lazy! We....are the queen bees, sitting and enjoying the others' work, that's all.

This is a knowledge hub for me..thanks for all this guys.

You're most welcome....we're also learning all the time. And the lesson is unforgettable when it's demonstrated in front of one's eyes!

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