Wasps: Social And Solitary (1905) by George W. Peckham, Elizabeth G. Peckham, John Burroughs

By George W. Peckham, Elizabeth G. Peckham, John Burroughs

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For and then, descend- again, further back this time, great deliberation stings, was now first and nicety of action gave it and with four more beginning between the ninth and tenth segments and progressing backward. Urnaria, probably feeling - 25 - as we certainly did - - a WASPS, SOCIAL AND SOLITARY and a reaction from the strain of the last few minutes, relief at the labors. to completion of her task, now mean time, almost directed upward. made legs, standing, in on her head, with her abdomen She then gave her face a thorough washing and rubbing with her she had from her Alighting on the ground close by, she proceeded smooth her body with her long hind the rested first legs, a complete and satisfactory and not toilet until did she return to the caterpillar.

The egg-laying time arrives the female secures her prey, which she either kills or paralyzes, places it in upon it, and then, in most cases, and takes no further interest in it, going on the nest, lays the egg closes the hole to make new nests from day to day. 16 In some genera the AMMOPHILA AND HER CATERPILLARS female maintains a longer connection with her offspring, not bringing the provision at once, but returning to all feed the larva as nently grows, and leaving the nest perma- it only when the grub has spun males never acquire admirable for the this interest, so development of character, and aid The egg the care of the family.

The next morning we saw this wasp bringing home her second caterpillar. She was much puzzled and disturbed destruction of her nest, and a by. and hunted half, leaving the caterpillar We for 37 for at the an hour on the ground near could not help feeling sorry that rupted the contented routine of her it life. we had She inter- finally gave AND SOLITARY WASPS, SOCIAL up in despair, and we took possession of the deserted caterpillar. Just here must be told the story of one whose individuality stands out in little wasp our minds more dis- than that of any of the others.

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