Tarantula Hawk
Genus Pepsis
1.5 inches long

tarantula hawk
Tarantula Hawks paralyze their prey, bury them, lay eggs, and then the wasp larvae feed off the spider.

I was trying to photograph a spider on sunflowers by Promontory Point, Utah when this HUGE female
Tarantula Wasp came zooming in.  I had never seen any of these up close and personal so I was hesitant about
getting too close for fear she might be crabby.  This one let me take a few shots and then did a false charge.
I backed off a little and then moved in to take more shots.  Suddenly she charged again and I might have put up
a fight if I hadn't been so darn busy flailing my arms and shouting expletives while trying to osmose through
my locked car door.  I could swear I saw her smirking as she quietly departed.  Carol Davis, 8-30-2009

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