Monday, August 19, 2013
A tarantula hawk is a kind of wasp that hunts tarantulas for food for their larvae. These were feeding on weed flowers which I think are pretty even if they are weeds. The female wasp stings and paralyzes the tarantula and drags it to a nest where she lays one egg on the abdomen of the tarantula. When the egg hatches the wasp larvae enters the spider's abdomen and feeds on the live tarantula avoiding the vital organs to keep the spider alive as long as possible. Yes, these are the things that nightmares are made of.