Upon our return from walking the dogs this afternoon, Ems pointed to a pompilid wasp on the driveway and said, “Careful!”
However, at that stage she had not noticed the Rain Spider. When I saw it I pointed it out. Upon further investigation it was obvious the wasp had already stung her.
I have tried to save a Rain Spider before but to no avail once I realized the wasp had already deposited her egg on the paralyzed arachnid.
I have seen the Pompilid Wasps hunting on a few occasions and although I have a soft spot for the spider I now leave nature do its thing.
Sorry for the poor quality of photos, it was almost dusk and I had to rush to my office to fetch the camera and the wasp worked quickly to drag its prey to a hole in the stone wall next to the driveway.
Try not to have nightmares