AppearanceLarge, body length approximately 47mm. Body black with reddish tip to abdomen. Face with red markings, antennae red. legs red, femora mostly black. Wings red with black base and dark tip.
DistributionCommon throughout South Africa
BehaviorTachypompilus ignitus most commonly provides its young with rain spiders (Palystes) and is usually seen dragging a paralyzed spider along the ground.
HabitatGround dwelling, often enters buildings in search of prey.
ReproductionHunting wasps are members of various taxa of the insect order Hymenoptera. Their habits and affinities vary in many ways, but all practice parental care of their larvae in that they capture prey, usually insects, to feed their larvae. Whether solitary or social, most species construct some form of protection or nest in which they hide the prey and in which the larvae can feed and pupate in reasonable security.
FoodRain spiders (Palystes)
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Field Guide to Insects of South Africa; Mike Pecker; Charles Griffiths; Alan Weaving. Struik nature 2004