As Spider's Worst Nightmare

As Spider's Worst Nightmare

by Bradon Coy on August 25, 2018

Most people fear spiders but did you know that there is one thing that spiders fear? The Tarantula hawk wasp. This giant wasp is so powerful that it is able to wrestle with a giant tarantula and manage to sting it just once which is enough to shut down the spider's nervous system. But this wasp doesn't catch this giant meal for itself...

Wasp, Pepsis sp., (Tarantula hawk wasp), at tarantula burrow, California

The Wasp drags this dead tarantula into its burrow and places it in its shelter. Why? This is just a caring mother providing for her baby larvas. Once she has got the tarantula in her home, she lays her eggs in it. As the larvas hatch, they start to eat the tarantula from the inside out until mommy has to go hunt them a new one. Although these wasps are not responsible for any human deaths, they possess one of the most painful stings in the insect world. They are rated #2 on the Schmidt insect pain index, closely behind the infamous Bullet Ant. This is just one example of amazing mothers found in nature...

Written by Bradon Coy on 8/16/18