Big Bug in Malibu!
Location: Malibu California, in the hills.
July 25, 2010 4:46 pm
Hello, we were at the top of Latigo Canyon in Malibu and were able to get this shot of a rather large bug. It flew to a flower, presumably for nectar and I was able to get it as it flew away. The body alone was 2.5 to 3 inches long, huge with the trailing legs and antenna. Thanks for any info!
What a beautiful image of a Tarantula Hawk leaving a stand of Matilija Poppies. Matilija Poppies are magnets for pollinating insects, and Tarantula Hawks are frequently seen on flowers, especially Milkweed. Tarantula Hawks are probably North America’s biggest wasps, and they are Spider Wasps in the family Pompilidae. As the common name implies, female Tarantula Hawks hunt and paralyze Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders to feed to their young. Your Tarantula Hawk is most likely in the genus Pepsis (See BugGuide).