Wasp beach rescue
Walking along the edge of the water as the tide came in and found this little wasp struggling in the sand (you can see grains of sand on the antennae).
Used the edge of a hat to pick it up and it soon perked up and we were able to transfer it to safety. Found a weta in the same predicament and rescued it too but it wasn't so photogenic, the wasp had the lovely gold colour in the sun.
I think its an ichneumon wasp There are lots of ichneumon wasps in NZ, they are a solitary wasp and live in holes in the ground or in trees or plant stems. They use poison to capture prey and drag it into the hole for later consumption.