Tarantula hawk wasps prefer female tarantulas during their
reproductive season as male tarantulas at this time are very
skinny as they starve during their search for a female to mate
with. The tarantula hawk wasp searches for female tarantulas in
their burrows, the tarantula hawk wasp will capture then sting
to paralyze the tarantula. Once the tarantula has been paralyzed
by the tarantula hawk wasp, the wasp then drags the spider to
her burrow or another nest created close by. The spider is
placed inside the nest where a single tarantula hawk wasp egg is
laid onto the spider. The entrance to the tarantula hawk wasps
nest is then covered to prevent anything getting to it. Once the
wasp egg hatches into a larvae, the larvae then chews a small
hole into the spider through its abdomen. The larvae then feeds
on the spider leaving the vital organs till last in order to
keep the spider fresh. After a couple of weeks, the larvae
finishes feeding and pupates into an adult ripping its way out
of the spiders abdomen. The new tarantula hawk spider digs its
way out of the nest to carry on the life cycle. Tarantula hawk
wasps also feed on fermented fruit that can intoxicate them
resulting in flying become very difficult.
The tarantula hawk wasps is most active during the day in summer
months while avoiding very high temperatures.
Male tarantula hawks do not feed on tarantula spiders. Instead,
they feed on flowers of milkweeds, western soapberry trees and
mesquite trees. Male tarantula hawk wasps have a particular
behaviour called hill topping. Hill topping for the wasps is
when he sits on top of a tall plant and watches out for a female
tarantula hawk wasp that is read for mating.
Tarantula hawk wasps can be found in:
- Southeast Asia
Tarantula wasps rarely sting people as they are very docile
however, if provoked they may sting. Their sting is among the
most painful in the insect world while only lasting for around 3
minutes. The sting is said to be immediate and excruciating with
the victim unable to do anything other than scream with pain for
the 3 minutes.
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