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|Megascolia maculata (Fabricius, 1775)|
Common name: Mammoth wasp
Mammoth wasp is the biggest European wasp in Hymenoptera order reaching 5-6cm. It is a parasitic insect parasitizing Rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis). Female is bigger than male. The head of female is yellow or orange color. That in picture is a female feeding on pollen of Oreganum sp.
Both have two yellow bands on their abdomens, which can be divided to form 4 spots as it is shown on the photo in WS. Nevertheless, they hold no harm to humans despite their size, in contrast to common wasps and hornets. Indeed, mammoth wasps do have stings, but not for self-defence or nest protection (in fact, they are solitary wasps). You may see several of these wasps flying around decaying tree stumps, they have a purpose there. They’re searching for larvae of Rhinoceros beetle (lat. Oryctes nasicornis), The female wasp once she has discovered the huge larvae, will sting one to paralyze it and then lay her egg on the outer skin. After hatching, the larvae of the mammoth wasp starts eating its host, till reaches the size it could create a cocoon, where it can safely sleep through all winter. 6 months later, the larvae turns into pupa and after 1 month more, from under the underground emerges newly formed mammoth wasp. The adult once feed on flower nectar.
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une guêpe de taille impressionnante, jamais vu cette espèce.
Des détails bien en vue, et de bonnes couleurs
- [2016-05-09 8:48]
Hi Nikos,2 top quality pics to show us in the best way this big big wasp that i never seen before,the sharpness and the colors are wonderful,i like the 2 different points of view too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Excellent picture of this big Wasp, Nikos.
The lateral point of view shows the features and colours on this subject very effectively.
very nice picture of this big wasp
beautiful colours to
thanks gr lou