Tarantula Hawk
Tarantula Hawk48 locationsInsect/Spider
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Sep 24 2011
Balancing Rock Trail #349
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Jul 2 2017
Arnett Creek - Canyon
ID557 URL
TypeInsect/Spider
FamilyPompilidae - Spider Wasps
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Pepsis sp.

Common Names: Scientific Family is Pompilidae, Tribe Pepsini.
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Comments: see also Spider Wasp. These genera of wasps are called tarantula hawks due to their hunting of tarantulas as food for their larvae(Look this up on Wikipedia if you want some truly horrific descriptions).

Tarantula hawks are "nectarivorous." The consumption of fermented fruit sometimes intoxicates them to the point that flight becomes difficult. (LMAO) Male tarantula hawks [engage] in a behavior called "hill-topping", where they sit on top of tall plants and look out for females who are ready to reproduce. Source: Wikipedia
ps: and who said Botany was dull :)
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