#tarantula vs #tarantulahawk , Part II
I've never seen this before: they're fighting, then the tarantula gets on top of the wasp and presumably bites it, because the wasp staggers away in a hurry with a blob of white on its head...
Caught this pretty girl on my hike. She has some orange on her antennae, so she should be Pepsis mildei. I've caught them before in the same area but they had bright orange on much of their antennae instead of the barely visible orange on the tips of this female's antennae. #pepsismildei#tarantulahawk
Two years ago when I first saw this creature flying around, I thought it was a fairy. ✨ I was intrigued by its orange wings, long legs and blue body, but I never saw it land. That was until grandma planted a medicinal plant in her garden that attracted a huge diversity of flower-feeders. Humming birds, June bugs, honeybees, yellow jackets, spiders, flies, and this blue wasp known as the tarantula hawk. Apparently, their sting is so painful that it scales number 2 on the insect sting pain index. It's the same sting that permanently paralyzes an adult tarantula! 💀 😱Nevertheless, he's a beauty. 🌸✨ #tarantulahawk#wasp#coyotepeterson#nature#insects#bugs#flyinginsects#insectsofig#fairy#fairies#garden
This here is a tarantula hawk, a frighteningly large spider wasp. Really. It's about the size of a big kid's fist. The female lays its egg in a tarantula that it has paralyzed with its sting. Entomologist Justin Schmidt, whose Sting Pain Index ranks the painfulness of various "bug bites" puts the tarantula hawk's sting second only to the bullet ant's. The apparently masochistic Schmidt, who lets insects sting him for science, describes the pain of the tarantula hawk's sting as "blinding, fierce and shockingly electric ... A bolt out of the heavens. Lie down and scream." Blessedly, the pain dissipates in five minutes. With the bullet ant, it takes five hours!
The tarantula hawk is just one of the many insect specimens featured in the "Bugged" issue of #californiamag , courtesy of UC Berkeley's Essig Museum of Entomology.
#tarantulahawk#masochismforscience#spiderwasp#stingpainindex#liedownandscream#entomology#justinschmidt#ucberkeley#essigmuseum Photo by @marcushanschen #marcushanschen#bugged
Today's find #tarantulahawk (unfortunately I couldn't get a clearer picture because it was captured in a plastic container) Also a good idea to avoid these, as they have the most painful sting of any insect #level4#Schmidtstingpainindex
I always make poisonous friends. Got followed around by a Tarantula Hawk today. A tarantula hawk is a spider wasp that hunts tarantulas. Tarantula hawks belong to any of the many species in the genera NOPEsis and HemiNOPEsis, in the family NOPEilidae (spider wasps). They have the second most painful sting known to man. #tarantulahawk#mojavedesert#workhazards
"Guys, this is a tarantula hawk. Oh my gosh. You gotta put that on your Instagram...are you gonna do it?" Safe to say we were pretty excited to run into #2 /3 on the insect pain index (depends on who you ask lol). Hayden wanted to be sure i could tag @bravewildernessofficial @coyotepeterson too! #waldenoutdoors#tarantulahawk#camping#wildlife#nature#bebrave#staywild
Another bug, the Tarantula Hawk one very big wasp. It actually hunts down Tarantula and paralysed them with its 1/4" stinger. Josie found this one and had been holding it.
From Wikipedia "the sting — particularly that of P. grossa — is among the most painful of all insects, though the intense pain only lasts about five minutes. One researcher described the pain as "…immediate, excruciating, unrelenting pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations."
Tarantula Hawk. This globe is about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Big wasp. Most painful sting in the Western Hemisphere. From Mojave Desert.
Tom Five catches Tarantula Hawks and makes art of them.
It has been busy in the milkweed...
Some small bee creature is flying into the upper left hand corner, while a tarantula hawk wasp (Pepsis grossa, probably) feeds on the flower cluster. Asclepias subulata certainly attracts a variety of wasps, and apparently (according to Wikipedia) the tarantula hawks are a major pollinator for milkweed here.
Perhaps it's best I can't show you just how big this wasp is; probably some two inches or so (5 cm). I admit to being a bit nervous as I took my photos...😉 But I can't help being fascinated by these creatures.
I love those big, curling antennae.
I was chasing that #tarantulahawk for quite some time and finally got the shot 📸 -Taranantula hawk's get their name because, yup you guessed it.....they hunt tarantulas. Growing up to 2 inches they have a fierce sting that would bring any man to his knees. The female tarantula hawk wasp stings and paralyzes a tarantula, then drags the prey to a specially prepared nest, where a single egg is laid on the spider's abdomen. When the wasp larva hatches, it creates a small hole in the spider's abdomen, then enters and feeds voraciously, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. 😱
#AudubonInsectarium is now home to a small collection of tarantula hawks, a beautiful insect that offers a fascinating study in contradictions. For example, the tarantula hawk technically is a wasp. It's the largest member of the spider wasp family Pompilidae, a family of thousands of species that preys only on spiders. While the name comes, in part, from their primary prey - the much bigger tarantula - the insect does not attack from the air like a “hawk.’’ Instead, it walks up to a tarantula’s resting place, setting the stage for a deadly duel. #TarantulaHawk#NOLA#TGIF