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Tarantula hawk (male)

Pepsis thisbe

Description:

Body length roughly 40-45 millimeters. Body black with bright blue iridescence as shown. Wings orange with whitish wingtips and dark submarginal band as shown.

Habitat:

Nectaring on a lone, blooming saltcedar tree (Tamarix sp.) in a degraded shortgrass prairie habitat with yucca, sunflower, and scattered elm trees.

Notes:

Male tarantula hawks do not sting. They have longer hindlegs and a sleeker body than the females. The shape of the male subgenital plate is useful for identification to species.

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3 Comments

Yasser
Yasser 6 years ago

This is an awesome shot of an awesome wasp!

BugEric
BugEric 6 years ago

Thanks, Tom. No, not a new camera, I just get lucky occasionally :-)

Tom15
Tom15 6 years ago

Nice one Eric! Your pictures are looking really nice, did you get a new camera?

BugEric
Spotted by
BugEric

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 4, 2013
Submitted on Jan 9, 2014

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