This wasp has been on my hit list to find so was very pleased to see several today.
Anoplius viaticus, commonly known as the black-banded spider wasp, is a species of spider wasp. These wasps are known as spider wasps because the females capture spiders to provide their offspring with food
Certainly a Priocnemis species but would need scrutiny under a microscope to nail it to species.
Episyron rufipes is a specialist hunter of orb-web spiders. Araneidae (Araneus) and Metidae (Meta) are the usual prey, with a few records for Lycosidae.
Episyron rufipes is widespread in lowland Britain on any sandy soils. Away from the south-east heaths and coastal systems, inland records are scattered north to Humberside. In Wales, north west England and in Ireland, E. rufipes is mostly confined to the coast.
Priocnemis exaltata type of spider hunting wasp
Due to the poor focus of this photo I cant narrow this wasp down there are two wasps that look similar with distinct white marks they are episyron rufipes and ceropales maculata both are found locally . Again now I know its in my garden i will keep an eye out for it and try to get a better photo.
This isn’t a new sighting and the wasp has been posted before on my blog but this is one at work .
I saw this wasp on my front path wrestling with this spider. which it paralysed then dragged it off. It will drag it to a burrow where it will lay an egg on it which will then hatch and devour the spider.
I wont complain because I hate spiders.
The spider is a Mouse Spider I believe.