Wasps of the genus Tachysphex (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) hunt grasshoppers, not for themselves but as a living source of food for their larva. When they manage to catch a grasshopper it is paralysed with the stinger and then brought to a nest hole in the ground where the eggs are laid on it. This particular wasp dragged its prey up a slope of sand for over 8m (about 24′) before I lost track of it: amazing when you consider the grasshopper is twice the size of the wasp.
On one occasion I startled the wasp and it dropped its prey. It flew about and managed to relocate it, when it went through the behaviour of subduing it again. Photographs in the video show it biting at the base of the fore and mid leg coxa.
Unfortunately, I was equipped for smaller insects at the time – I had a small flash unit attached to the camera when I came across this wasp and its prey. It fairly skittered across the sand leaving me no choice by to follow after it as best I could, but with the flash being unable to freeze much of the action. Many of the photos are blurred, but the video slideshow below gives a fair representation of the journey. I lost site of the pair before I could determine if the grasshopper became ‘safely’ entombed.