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Tarantula Hawk (Wasp)

Pepsis formosa

Description:

Black Body, Orange Wings. Up to 2 inches long.

Habitat:

Deserts of Southwest United States.

Notes:

The female tarantula hawk captures, stings, and paralyzes the spider, then either drags her prey back into her own burrow or transports it to a specially prepared nest, where a single egg is laid on the spider’s abdomen, and the entrance is covered. When the wasp larva hatches, it creates a small hole in the spider's abdomen, then enters and feeds voraciously.

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2 Comments

JudyCrawford
JudyCrawford 6 years ago

Very, very painful yes, but dangerous only to the tarantula and those who are allergic to the sting.

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

These can be very dangerous!

JudyCrawford
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JudyCrawford

Arizona, USA

Spotted on Nov 1, 2013
Submitted on Nov 2, 2013

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