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Subject: Spanish beetele, Andalucia
Location: Ayamonte, Andalucia, Spain
May 28, 2012 12:41 pm
Here it is, it landed on my wife, and it was very large… about two inches long minimum
I cant find it on your website. Please advise what it is….
Signature: Andy W

Mammoth Wasp

Hi Andy,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Mammoth Wasp and there are several submissions in our archive including one from Spain.  The Mammoth Wasp feeds on nectar and it is frequently seen visiting flowers, but the helpless larva feeds on the grubs of Rhinoceros Beetles.  The female Mammoth Wasp hunts for the Scarab Larva and stings it to paralyze it.  She then lays an egg, thus providing a fresh food supply for each of her progeny.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Spain

3 Responses to Mammoth Wasp from Spain

  1. Linda Ivin says:

    I just fished one out of the pool thus saving its life! Would it have stung me if I had hung around?

  2. Phil Newman says:

    Just spotted one on a Garlic Flower
    Benidoleig Valencia

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