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
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
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
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
Did You Know?
Did you know the
following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One -
Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a
nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from
- Fact Three - Wasps are most
aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects,
food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps become
inactive at night.
- Fact Six -
They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven -
They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight -
They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine -
Male wasps don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten -
Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven -
Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve -
Not all female wasps are fertile.