Tarantula Hawk

What kind of bug is this?
It was about the size of a small tarantula 3" long 1 1/2 wide, black with gold wings and feelers, walked like a spider and flew away
Captain Ron

Hi Captain Ron,
It is ironic that you said this wasp was the size of a Tarantula when it is a Tarantula Hawk in the genus Pepsis. The largest Tarantula Hawks we have ever seen were in Northern Baja California on the Sea of Cortez and your photo reminds us of those beaches.

Wow, lucky guess I had,… And you too, It was actually taken in the northern beaches in Baja, but on the Pacific ocean side, 20 miles south of the boarder. Thanks for the info.

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