Subject: what bug is this
Location: San Diego, California
May 28, 2014 9:19 am
While walking to my car yesterday I came across this huge black bug that had a body like an ant with long legs and mulitcolored wings. It was about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. It moved VERY fast on the ground and then at one point flew away. What is this???
Signature: Freaked Out In San Diego
Dear Freaked Out In San Diego,
This impressive wasp is commonly called a Tarantula Hawk. Here are some images from our archives of a Tarantula Hawk hunting with its prey. The sting of a Tarantula Hawk is reported to be quite painful.