Wasp and beetle

Wasp and beetle

Staghorn beetle


While we were spraying clay on the trees in the Vallon (against the olive fruit fly) we found an enormous wasp. This is the Megascolia Maculata, in contrast to its fearsome appearance, it is a mild-mannered harmless creature whose sting is insignificant to humans. It spends its time trying to find and lay its eggs in the larvae of large beetles like the Rhinoceros or Staghorn beetles (this one photographed on the back wall of the house) and, therefore, because these beetles are endangered, so is this impressive wasp.




Megascolia maculata

These last few weeks, we´ve had various other fascinating encounters with some of the animals around the house – and there have been lively exchanges on our Olives en Provence Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages