Ampulex canaliculata

I was inspired by AntRoom’s post on rearing the emerald cockroach wasp, so I set out to find our North American local Ampulex.

I saw this female carrying a juvenile roach up a tree by its antennae (very typical), but failed to get my camera ready in time. Fortunately, I was able to grab a couple shots of her carrying debris back to her nest which she uses to plug up the entrance.

A female Ampulex canaliculata carries debris back to her nest.

A female Ampulex canaliculata carries debris back to her nest.

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Her and other individuals were nesting in holes made by wood boring beetles and debris for blocking the entrance could be found nearby by collecting frass generated by the same wood boring beetles.

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