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Big Insect in Mexico

Tarantula Hawk

Big Insect in Mexico
Location: Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico
December 26, 2010 3:08 pm
We were staying on the 11th floor in a condo in Mazatlan when we were watching T.V. and it sounded like a small plane flew into the room. Big bug scared the family. It has some similarities to a hornet, but don’t know?
Signature: TobyZ

Tarantula Hawk

Hi Toby,
We believe this is a Tarantula Hawk, a Spider Wasp in the genus
Pepsis.  Most of the members of the genus have metallic blue-black bodies and bright orange wings, but there are a few species with black wings including Pepsis mexicana.  BugGuide has several images of Pepsis mexicana, including one that has a nice series of comments. Over the years, we have gotten many photos of insects and arachnids with very unusual choices of objects included for scale, but this is the first time a gallon of milk has been used to illustrate the size of a creature.

Tarantula Hawk

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Mexico

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