Flower wasp


Flower wasp

Campsomeris sp.

Trinidad, Northern Range, Chagramal

Z.2008.44.6

There are four species of hairy flower wasp recorded from Trinidad and we are still trying to determine exactly which species this one is.

Where can you see them? You are most likely to see them scouting for scarab beetle grubs on the forest floor or visiting flowers for their nectar. This one was found on a forest path on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

 What do they eat? The adult wasps take nectar and are likely to help with the pollination of the rainforest plants they visit. The adults hunt for the burrows of scarab beetles in the ground and then dig down until they can reach to sting them. After the beetle grubs are paralysed the adult wasp lays her egg on them. The wasp grub feeds off the paralysed beetle.