A Hornet (Vespa crabro) Steals Prey from a Spider (Argiope aurantia)

  title={A Hornet (Vespa crabro) Steals Prey from a Spider (Argiope aurantia)},
  author={Mark S. Davis},
Abstract I observed a large Vespa crabro (European Hornet) steal prey from an Argiope aurantia (Yellow Garden Spider) in a forested housing development in northern Georgia. The hornet landed in the spider's web and in less than three minutes removed the prey previously captured by the spider. The spider made no attempt to attack or subdue the hornet. European Hornets may switch from predatory to scavenging habits in the fall of the year as the nesting season progresses, a trait documented in… Expand
Prey-Handling Flexibility in Vespa crabro Linnaeus, the European Hornet, (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
  • E. M. Barrows
  • Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
  • 2021


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