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Tarantula Hawk Wasp by Bob Jensen on 500px

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Tarantula Hawk, NM State Insect

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-Tarantula Hawk Wasp / © Robert Jensen -

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from WIRED

Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

Ordinarily Seamus doesn't go in for horror, but this fellow, the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, deserves recognition

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Absurd Creatures | The Horrifying Sting of the Tarantula Hawk Wasp on thescene.com

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Tarantula Hawk Wasp- Biggest Bees and Hornets In The World

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Tarantula hawk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ouch! I wouldn’t want to get stung by this guy! These wasps are called “Tarantula Hawks” because they kill tarantulas and bury them for their young to feed on. They are arguably the largest wasps. This is a pretty big one with a 6.75 inch legspan.

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TARANTULA HAWK WASP - ©Gene Hanson Tarantula hawks get their name because the females hunt Tarantulas (Family Theraphosidae), huge, hole-dwelling spiders that are common here in the desert. Once a female tarantula hawk finds a tarantula, she will then attack the spider and sting it. The tarantula hawk’s powerful venom paralyzes the tarantula, and the wasp then drags the spider back into its hole. The tarantula hawk then lays an egg on the still living, but paralyzed tarantula, and she…

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