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Weevil Wasp This species of wasp preys exclusively on acorn weevils.  The females dig nests in the ground where they create cells and lay a fertilized egg. Next, the female wasp goes off in search of a weevil. She stings and paralyzes her prey, and then the weevil is brought back to the nest and stuffed inside the cell where they will remain paralyzed until the wasp larva hatches.  Immediately after hatching, the larva feeds on the alive, yet paralyzed weevil.  Eventually, the wasp larva pupates, after which the adult form will leave the nest.  Cerceris,Cerceris halone,Geotagged,Summer,United States,wasp,weevil wasp Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Weevil Wasp

This species of wasp preys exclusively on acorn weevils. The females dig nests in the ground where they create cells and lay a fertilized egg. Next, the female wasp goes off in search of a weevil. She stings and paralyzes her prey, and then the weevil is brought back to the nest and stuffed inside the cell where they will remain paralyzed until the wasp larva hatches. Immediately after hatching, the larva feeds on the alive, yet paralyzed weevil. Eventually, the wasp larva pupates, after which the adult form will leave the nest.

    comments (4)

  1. This makes one hope that insects really do not feel pain at an emotional level, imagine the horror. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Yep. Hopefully the poor weevils are actually comatose and not just paralyzed. Posted 2 years ago
  2. Bites, or stings the weevil? I know it sounds horrible for the weevil but without wasps we would have no food. Another lovely photo. :) Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
    1. It must be stings...My source said "bites", but that doesn't really make sense when you think about it! Thanks :) Posted 2 years ago

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Cerceris halone is an apoid wasp in the Cerceris genus.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Feb 25, 2018. Captured Jul 20, 2013 14:42 in 55 Locust St, Coventry, RI 02816, USA.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/197s
  • ISO320
  • 100mm