Spider Wasp, Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis thisbe)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pompilidae
Genus: Pepsis
Species: thisbe

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Goodyear, Arizona
Auberry, California
Long Beach, California
Sun City, California

Members' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jun 6, 2011, ellenpoc from Menifee, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This huge bug scared the beegeezus out of me and the dog. Buzzed past us as we were relaxing under the pergola. At first, I thought it was a hummingbird -- it was at least 4 inches long! It landed in the flower bed, walked around a bit and then took off. Never to be seen again, I hope...

Positive

On Nov 10, 2007, Larryuwhat from Fresno, CA wrote:

From what I have read, the Tarantula Hawk has an extremely painful sting. When I took my pics of them, I didn't know what they were, or that - if provoked - can sting you.
Larry

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