Sep 052013
 

This is a group of Sand Wasp gathering over a suitable patch of soil at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hutchins, Texas. The wasps seemed to be seeking out prime burrowing locations and competition was fierce. A wasp would find a promising spot and begin digging. Soon one or more other wasps would show up on the scene and try to drive the first away. Usually they were successful. Evidently it is easier to harass a burrowing site than to defend one!

The burrows will ultimately serve as a place for the wasps to lay their eggs. To that end there was a good deal of mating activity going on at this site as well.

Sand Wasp - Holes

Sand Wasp - Holes

Sand Wasp - Holes

Sand Wasp - Holes

Sand Wasp - Holes

Digging.

Digging.

Notice the piece of sand this wasp is lifting from the hole it is digging.

Notice the piece of sand this wasp is lifting from the hole it is digging.

Mating Sand Wasps with an odd man out.

Mating Sand Wasps with an odd man out.

Observation Details

County Dallas Hutchins - RWRC
City Hutchins
Date Jul 27, 2013
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Mating, Nesting
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Sand Wasp Observation Location

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