Because of their ability to adapt to different climates, these freaky critters can be found in a variety of areas, including India, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, the U.S., and South America.  They actually happen to be the state insect of New Mexico.

Because of their ability to adapt to different climates, these freaky critters can be found in a variety of areas, including India, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, the U.S., and South America. They actually happen to be the state insect of New Mexico.

tarantula hawk Guêpe pepsis (« tarantula hawk ») Source : notre-planete.info, http://www.notre-planete.info/actualites/3902-douleur-piqure-guepe-fourmi-abeille

tarantula hawk Guêpe pepsis (« tarantula hawk ») Source : notre-planete.info, http://www.notre-planete.info/actualites/3902-douleur-piqure-guepe-fourmi-abeille

Tarantula Hawk Wasp- Biggest Bees and Hornets In The World

Tarantula Hawk Wasp- Biggest Bees and Hornets In The World

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…

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…

Justin Schmidt is an entomologist, and has accordingly been stung by a lot of bugs. So he invented something called the Schmidt sting pain index, which ranks the pain of insect stings from one to four. Down at one is something like the fire ant, which is so named for a reason, while up at four is the bullet ant, which is so called for a very, very good reason. Joining the bullet ant at four is the tarantula hawk...

Justin Schmidt is an entomologist, and has accordingly been stung by a lot of bugs. So he invented something called the Schmidt sting pain index, which ranks the pain of insect stings from one to four. Down at one is something like the fire ant, which is so named for a reason, while up at four is the bullet ant, which is so called for a very, very good reason. Joining the bullet ant at four is the tarantula hawk...

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