Tarantula Hawk   4 comments

Tarantula Hawk Near Cienega Creek — Images by kenne

As you can see, a tarantula hawk is not a hawk, but is a spider wasp (Pompilidae) that preys on tarantulas.
Tarantula hawks belong to any of the many species in the genera Pepsis and Hemipepsis. They are one of the
largest parasitoid wasps, using their sting to paralyze their prey before dragging it to a brood nest as living
food; a single egg is laid on the prey, hatching to a larva which eats the still-living prey.
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4 responses to “Tarantula Hawk

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  1. What a cool looking bug!

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  2. Sweet shots! My house has a lot of wasps around it that are constantly hunting for spiders.

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  3. clever spider

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  4. Just glad it’s not human sized!

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