Wasp, Tarantula Wasp, Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis sp.)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Goteborg,
, Alabama (3 reports)
, American Samoa
Mesa, Arizona
Morristown, Arizona
Auberry, California
New Memphis, Illinois
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Brooklyn, New York
Schenectady, New York
San Antonio, Texas
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On Oct 30, 2007, kenny1313 from Crosby, TX wrote:

this fraking wasp stings like crazy it send s knumbness down your whole arm an feels like a needle is poking your arm with the force of a car crash!!!! dont get stung!!! i can not stress that enough! i wa sgardening one day when i encountered one attacking a large wolf spider in mid day

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On May 13, 2007, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

The female Tarantula Wasp searches for and will sting a tarantula (spider) to paralyze them, then will proceed to lay her eggs in the spider.

The spiders' body will provide an ample food source to the Tarantula Wasp larvae ..

The wasps will make no attempt to sting, unless it feels threatened. However, the sting is reputed to be one of the most painful of all of the wasps.

This particular specimen (kindly) allowed my slowed and calculated approach with my camera. I also observed that s/he seemed to pose no danger to the many hummingbirds that would visit, while the Tarantula Wasp occupied the feeder. The wasp did have a time 'guarding' her sugar-water source, for the hummers certainly kept her alert and very active ..

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