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Tarantula hawk

Pepsis sp.


I tried not to interrupt this female tarantula wasp as she dragged her spider up the wall of our house. She first tried climbing the windows which is how I spotted her. The female stings and paralyzes her prey and then lays a single egg inside the prey. When the egg hatches it has instant dinner. I need to find where she dragged the spider so we can watch events unfold


Worldwide distribution of tarantula hawks includes areas from India to Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Tarantula hawk species have been observed from as far north as Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States, and south as far as Argentina in South America, with at least 250 species living in South America

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago


Bountiful, Utah, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -111.86

Spotted on Jul 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

Spotted for mission

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