18 July 2021

Who decapitated the wasp?

The discussion thread at the via offers the possibility of a dragonfly - "they like spin them around and use pressure until the wasp's head pops off. Seen it myself after watching a wasp and dragonfly battle for a couple minutes. 

I would have guessed a mantis, but since this specimen was found atop a patio table, perhaps the dragonfly is the more likely culprit.  A National Geographic post lists other animals that decapitate victims.  Here's more info re dragonflies.

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