Hairy digger wasp, Hairy sand wasp

Podalonia hirsuta

The Podalonia hirsute is a wasp from the family Sphecidae. The Sphecidae are a cosmopolitan family of wasps that includes digger wasps, mud daubers, and other familiar types that all fall under the category of thread-waisted wasps.
Hairy digger wasp Hairy digger wasp - Podalonia hirsuta
Unfortunately I was not able to make a better photo - I spotted the wasp high in a nut tree and couldn't get closer. Ammophila viatica,Ammophilinae,Geotagged,Greece,Hairy digger wasp,Hairy sand wasp,Podalonia hirsuta,Sphecidae,Sphex hirsuta,insect

Appearance

Black wasp with black/orange abdomen (the front half is orange), brownish wings.
Evil little bodysnatcher Taken in Arillas, Corfu. I saw this sand wasp dragging the bush cricket down the path. The cricket was around 2.5" in length (body) and this wasp was huge, dragging it as it couldn't carry the cricket. I bent down to take a close up with my phone as I didn't have my DSLR on me and it turned towards me, gave me that evil stare that you can see and started flapping it's wings, almost as if it was warning me to stay away from it's prize. Needless to say, I did exactly what it said and at the speed it was taking it's prey away, I didn't have tie to go back to my apartment and get my camera for a better shot. Thought I'd include this shot (albeit from far away and not great quality) just to show how evil this thing was! Geotagged,Greece,Hairy digger wasp,Hairy sand wasp,Podalonia hirsuta,Summer

Naming

Syn. Sphex hirsuta, Ammophila viatica
Evil little bodysnatcher (part 2) Following on from this image https://www.jungledragon.com/image/40342/evil_little_bodysnatcher.html

here is the same wasp quickly scurrying away with it's cricket. Geotagged,Greece,Hairy digger wasp,Hairy sand wasp,Podalonia hirsuta

Distribution

The Hairy digger wasp is distributed throughout Europe. It is a solitary wasp.

Habitat

A mainly coastal species and one which is often locally common on sandy soils.

Reproduction

In preparation for egg laying, they construct a protected "nest" (some species dig nests in the ground, while others use pre-existing holes) and then stock it with captured insects. The wasps lay their eggs in the provisioned nest. When the wasp larvae hatch, they feed on the paralyzed insects.
The prey is generally captured before nest construction. The unicellular nest is invariably provisioned with one large caterpillar. While the wasp is digging her burrow, the paralysed caterpillar is typically left in a small tuft of vegetation, which probably reduces the risk of it being discovered by predators, such as ants, or of desiccating on the hot sand. The burrow is oblique and 6-7 cm long. When it is complete, the prey is pulled into the cell, oviposited on, then the nest entrance closed using sand and debris.

References:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphecidae
http://waste.ideal.es/podaloniahirsuta.htm
http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?guid=urn:lsid:faunaeur.org:taxname:196179
http://www.faunaeur.org/full_results.php?id=196179
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHymenoptera
FamilySphecidae
GenusPodalonia
SpeciesPodalonia hirsuta
Photographed in
Greece