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Tarantula Hawk (female, xanthic form)

Pepsis grossa

Description:

Very large wasp. Most individuals are like this one, blue-black with orange wings - the "xanthic" morph. In some parts of its range it has black wings - the "melanic" form.

Habitat:

Canyon in the Sonoran Desert (Southwestern Research Station).

Notes:

Full story on this species can be found here: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/11/wasp...

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Arizona, USA

Lat: 31.88, Long: -109.21

Spotted on Aug 13, 2011
Submitted on Dec 11, 2012

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