Wasp does dissection


Yesterday we sat and watched this wasp dissect a dead honeybee.

The body part arrangement is how the wasp laid them out.

It first removed all 4 wings and then the legs, it proceeded to remove the abdomen by cutting the petiole, followed by the head.

At each stage it took time to eat any sweetness, e.g. nectar from the honey crop.

It spent a long time chewing at the thorax and finally flew off with it!

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2 Responses to “Wasp does dissection”

  1. Margaret Anne Adams Says:

    The photography is wonderful. I enlarged the photo so the bits filled the screen, and the detail was very interesting. Thank you for this.

  2. Emily Scott Says:

    I often find bee heads under my hive so it’s good to have proof that other insects may be dissecting the bodies.

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