The nests are established in loose 'colonies' in sandy soil and their notorious predation of Honeybees Apis mellifera
is quite fascinating to watch. The female wasps capture feeding honeybees, sting them in order to induce paralysis and then carry the bees back to their nests slung underneath their bodies and clamped in position (upside-down) by the middle pair of legs. The wasps relocate their nests even if they have been disturbed and then open up the entrances with their front legs (often with the captive bees still in situ) before carrying the prey deep into their burrows and stocking up their larders. They then disguise the nest entrances by temporarily filling up the entrance holes.