Usually the first thing that comes to mind when you say ‘Kabini’ is Elephants, perhaps Leopards. But my last trip to Kabini was special not because we saw a leopard, but because we saw a Spider Wasp paralyze an Indian Ornamental Tarantula, dig a pit, drag the tarantula into the pit, and then close it. All these action unfolded right outside our tent at JLR.
The most fascinating thing to learn about this whole episode was when i read more about Spider Wasps once I got back. Spider wasp lays a single egg on the abdomen of the spider. Once the egg hatches, the larvae feeds on the live, but paralyzed, spider. The size of the food (spider) determines whether the young wasp would be a male or female. More food means wasp can grow bigger and hence female. Female wasps don’t care about size zero you see.
This whole sequence took more than 3 hours! But here you have it compressed in a little over 4 minutes in this video:http://vimeo.com/14700488
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