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Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Pepsis formosa

Description:

Large black wasp with orange wings. Second pick shows blue on abdomen.

Habitat:

Found feeding on flowers in an unknown species of tree. Overhanging the water at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.

Notes:

Lures a tarantula out of its burrow paralyzing it with it's powerful sting. Then lays its egg on the tarantula.

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Spotted on Jul 29, 2021
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