Wasp nest!
Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎
-Wandering crab spider-

Last update: 21 June 2021
OBSERVATION:
2021-VI-13

This female Auplopus carbonarius [1] had caught a Wandering crab spider (Philodromus aureolus) (det: Simeon). I could observe her while she was turning and touching the spider, whose legs were already removed, and brushing herself.

Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎, with Wandering crab spider ♀ (Philodromus cf. aureolus)
Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎, with Wandering crab spider ♀ (Philodromus cf. aureolus)
Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎, with Wandering crab spider ♀ (Philodromus cf. aureolus)
Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎, with Wandering crab spider ♀ (Philodromus cf. aureolus)

Then she started to walk, pulling the spider with her mandibles attached to the spinner and the spider kept between her legs and underneath her, across the wall towards a support of one of the bee hotels and disappeared behind it. She pulled the spider inside but it was fat and didn’t fit immediately so only after pulling and navigating it to the widest part of the entrance did she manage to reel it in.

Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎, pulls Wandering crab spider ♀ (Philodromus cf. aureolus) into nest location
Auplopus carbonarius ♀︎, pulls Wandering crab spider ♀ (Philodromus cf. aureolus) into nest location

References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

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