Subject: Unindentified Wasp kills large weaver spider
Geographic location of the bug: Western Virginia, United States
Time: 04:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I photographed this bright blue- winged, orange bodied wasp? pulling a large weaver spider across the deck and then backwards (up a 20 foot chimney) until out of sight! Please help identify. We have four children in the home and would like to know if this is an aggressive species with a sting anything like a tarantula hawk?? It was upset at the close up photograph,on the deck, it let go of the spider and flew at me. I ran inside for a minute and it went back to the spider.
How you want your letter signed: Naomi, Covington Virginia
This Spider Wasp appears to be Tachypompilus ferrugineus, and it is not an aggressive species. While many wasps are capable of stinging, solitary species like this Spider Wasp very rarely sting people, and generally that happens only when they are carelessly handled.