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Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Pepsis formosa


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


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


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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Marble Canyon, Arizona, United States

Spotted on Jul 29, 2021
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