Subject: San Diego
Location: San Diego, 92131
November 6, 2012 2:38 pm
Is this a wasp? An ant?
Signature: Peter

Tarantula Hawk

Hi Peter,
The Tarantula Hawk is a large wasp that preys upon Tarantulas.  The are much more impressive alive than they are dead.  The sting of a female Tarantula Hawk is reported to be quite painful, however, they are not aggressive towards people, but they will sting if provoked or carelessly handled.

Location: California

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