Sometimes I get lucky and get a front row seat to some amazing things while I am out hiking around. Discovering this wasp catching and removing a live grasshopper’s abdomen was great.
Something you don’t see until the last photo is that this grasshopper is alive through this ordeal and is struggling while this wasp is taking its abdomen and yes I am laying on the ground capturing it all. The insect world is amazing!
Despite having drawn the loathing of humans, yellow jackets are in fact important predators of pest insects.