Animals Video

By Kirstie Sutheran

This spider hunting wasp stings its prey before laying its eggs in the paralysed beast.

The sinister beast will pull the spider into a burrow or hole where its eggs can mature and hatch safely.

It was spotted by Tarry Bell in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal province, South Africa, as he went to his kitchen to make some food.

The 32-year-old non-profit director said: “At first I could not believe what I was seeing as I naturally assumed that the spider had caught a wasp, then I realised it was the other way around. 

“We see many weird and wonderful things here in Zululand but I must admit that this was quite an unexpected sight – especially in our kitchen in broad daylight.

“I stumbled upon this scene in my kitchen while on my way to cook. In the video the wasp can be seen dragging the young rain spider which has already been stung and is trying to make it tired while waiting for its venom to paralyse it. 

“The wasp does not kill or eat the spider. It actually keeps it alive in a comatose state while it lays its eggs inside and the larvae feed on the spider – it’s almost like some sort of sci-fi.

“The spider is a rain spider of the huntsman spider family while the wasp is actually known as a “spider hunting wasp”. The wasp has the ability to fly but prefers to take prey out on the ground where it is agile and quick. 

“I love nature and found it quite cool that this little scene played out in our kitchen, but I must admit that the wasp did freak me out slightly – I mean talk about the underdog catching the prey.”