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Tarantula hawk

A tarantula hawk is a spider wasp that hunts tarantulas. Tarantula hawks belong to any of the many species in the genera Pepsis and Hemipepsis, in the family Pompilidae (spider wasps).

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Fascinated about this wasp that I barely found about last night on the news! It seems to be very common in Arizona, which is where I live. We're beginning to find them in the neighborhoods. If one gets stung by the a Tarantula Hawk it is believed to be the most painful sting that'll last for 3-4 minutes. They will sting a tarantula which will become paralyzed then take it to its den to lay their larvae.

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