Wasp Walks on Water
During Spring planting,
this Wasp was seen landing in a greenhouse Flat filled with water. The
Wasp would hover over the water and gently descend until all six feet touched
down, much like a helicopter Pilot. Then it would put its mouth into the
water for about ten seconds, and fly away. This photo clearly shows the
It continued this routine for
as long as I planted; about forty-five minutes. I was amazed that it had
learned to use the water tension to support its weight like a Water Strider.
I assumed that it was taking the water to its nest for the brood or to
cool the nest through evaporation. Later, I noticed a similar Wasp collecting
water from a leaf made wet by automatic Sprinklers,
and I wondered to myself if it might be the same Wasp.
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