Dolichovespula maculata, Bald-faced Hornet, kills Heterocampa biundata
Dolichovespula maculata, _Bald-faced_Hornet, _kills_Heterocampa_biundata, I_JP192502_1
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This sequence of images shows a Bald-faced Hornet, Dolichovespula maculata, killing a moth that it had just grabbed off the wall at a porch light at dawn and knocked to the ground. The victim is a Wavy-lined Heterocampa Moth, Heterocampa biundata. After capturing the moth, the wasp proceeds to kill it and cut off its wings, antennae, and legs. The wasp gets covered in the moth's scales in the process. Once done butchering it's victim, the wasp flew away with a ball of food, presumably to help provide breakfast to hungry larvae at its nest. The whole sequence took under 4 minutes, starting at 6:05:52AM and ending at 6:09:09AM. Note the severed body parts, a wing of which is already being dragged away by two foraging Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta. Fast food!

title Dolichovespula maculata, Bald-faced Hornet, kills Heterocampa biundata
same specimen as id I_JP192482
country United States
state/province Georgia
county Clarke
city/place/location Athens
street/site/trail 275 Blue Heron Drive
latitude 33.8882
longitude -83.2973
MAPdecimal latitude_longitude ••• 33.8882_-83.2973
determined by who-email-yyyymmdd John Pickering 2015-07-12
host/prey Heterocampa biundata, Wavy-lined Heterocampa
date1 yyyymmdd 2015:07:12 06:08:15

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