Jewel cuckoo wasp stalked by a zebra spider, both on a red mason bee box- video

November 1, 2012

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Red mason solitary bees

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The cuckoo jewel wasp may well be a Chrysis ignata.They are known to be a cleptoparasites of solitary bees, such as red mason bees. This wasp had been inspecting several mud sealed and several unsealed cells on a red mason bee nest box, in which red mason bees had been actively laying eggs and provisioning for their own young. Unbeknown to it, it has been observed by a zebra spider (Salticus scenicus) a common jumping spider that hunts its prey rather than catching it in a web.

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