Location: Jebal Akhdar, Hajar Mountains, Oman
March 17, 2012 7:39 am
Could you please identify this very aggresive large bug. We sighted two in the Hajar mountains of Oman, one of which was clearly eating a cricket and when we closed to look, very aggresively protected his meal.
Signature: Rich, Oman
Though they may look alike superficially, you have photographed two different insects in completely different orders. The one with the cricket is some species of Wasp, and we suspect it is a female that has captured a cricket to feed her brood. Many wasps sting and paralyze prey and return it to the nest where they an egg of the still living prey that will remain alive, providing fresh meat for the developing larva. The other insect appears to be a Robber Fly that might mimic the Wasp you have photographed. The legs and antennae of the second insect were the deciding factors in our identification.