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Mexican Tarantula-hawk Wasp

Pepsis mexicana


An all-black tarantula wasp. Some specimens exhibit white tips on their lower wings like this one though uncommon. The relatively straight antennae suggest this is a male. Females have curly antennae. Here is a similar one from Inaturalist:


Spotted on flowering vegetation at the Falcon Lake State Park butterfly garden. Thornbush habitat nearby.

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Roma, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 13, 2020
Submitted on Jan 3, 2021

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