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.
|Date||–||Jul 27, 2013|
|Time of Day||–||Midmorning|
|Temperature||–||Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)|
|Type of Behavior||–||Mating, Nesting|