Subject: Australian wasp
Location: Hornsby NSW
December 3, 2016 1:03 am
My wife captured this shot in our front garden. I wonder if the wasp removed the huntsman spiders legs for transport purposes?
Signature: Australian wasp
We get several very dramatic submissions from Australia each year of Spider Wasps in the family Pompilidae with Huntsman Spider prey. The female Spider Wasps stings and paralyzes the Huntsman Spider and then drags it back to her burrow where she lays an egg on the paralyzed Spider. When the egg hatches, the wasp larva feeds on the living but paralyzed Spider. It appears that your Spider Wasp has removed the legs of the Huntsman Spider by biting them off in order to make transportation easier. Based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect site, we believe your Spider Wasp is in the genus Fabriogenia.