‘Tarantula hawk’ taking home the baby formula!

So on the avenue of the Giants (northern California, Aug 18th 2011) I find myself wandering in the trees and find a very pleasant stream. Then, by the rocks I see a ‘tarantula hawk’ type spider wasp dragging a paralyzed spider. Incredible beasties!

So the parasitic wasps find and paralyze the spider, then drag it back to a burrow they have made, and lay an egg on it, which then devours the paralyzed spider. Other than that, all I know about these wasps is they have incredibly painful stings, among the most painful stings of any insect.

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10 Responses to “‘Tarantula hawk’ taking home the baby formula!”

  1. Hydrargyros Says:

    Watching this reminded me of Dawkins’ “Growing up in the universe” lectures. This is a clipping from part 5 where Dawkins talks about fooling a digger wasp.

    I’m not sure if its the same species, but it seem similar.

  2. reader22610226 Says:

    Damn nature, you crazy!

  3. PCPete (aka Cephas Borg) Says:

    I actually watched the Australian version of that type of predator wasp repeatedly attack a Wolf spider, when I was chopping wood. I was about 10 at the time, and I can remember EVERYTHING as if it were yesterday.

    The battle took about 3-4 minutes from start to finish, and the wasp dragged the spider around 4 metres to it’s little hole… That took longer, about 7 or 8 minutes (yes, I timed it!).

    Horrifically creepy in one sense, but weirdly beautiful in another, and utterly entrancing; but it’s the vivid beauty that stayed with me.

    When I finally saw the same thing on “Wild Kingdom”, mum & dad didn’t believe me… But I’ve remained in awe of ol’ ma Nature ever since!

    Sometimes, we’re just born lucky!

  4. rafelangston Says:

    I’d never even heard of a “Tarantula Hawk” until you posted this then my dad and I saw one a couple days ago. Strange coincidence.

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