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#1 Offline Broncos - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:29 PM

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I was so freaked out! I saw this huge tarantula hawk looking thing: b68c88618d50d88d8982bbb95753bf26.jpg


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#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:34 PM

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Pepsini sp, also known as the infamous tarantula hawk.


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#3 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:37 PM

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so cool!!  I haven't seen one in the wild yet.


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#4 Offline Broncos - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:39 PM

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I was plugging something in when I almost stepped on it. There are no tarantulas in my area as far as I know. How!!!

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#5 Offline ponerinecat - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:41 PM

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They may take other spiders as well, but you almost certainly have some sort of tarantula like spider there.


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#6 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:41 PM

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I'm pretty sure the trantulas in Southern Califoria are mostly in the desert foothill areas.   There are out there, even if you haven't seen them.


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#7 Offline Broncos - Posted April 25 2020 - 7:42 PM

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Yea there must be some sort of larger spider nearby... Well, thanks for the help!

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#8 Offline Manitobant - Posted April 25 2020 - 8:27 PM

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Fun fact: the tarantula hawk has one of the most painful stings in the insect kingdom. It can paralyze the affected limb for up to five minutes while all you can do is "lie down and scream"

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#9 Offline gcsnelling - Posted April 26 2020 - 4:55 AM

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There are indeed tarantulas as well as trapdoor spiders in your area.


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#10 Offline ponerinecat - Posted April 26 2020 - 8:14 AM

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Fun fact: the tarantula hawk has one of the most painful stings in the insect kingdom. It can paralyze the affected limb for up to five minutes while all you can do is "lie down and scream"

Fun story. Entomologist is a tarantula hawk enthusiast, reaches into net to grab several females. Gets stung several times but ignores it. Loses all the wasps. Rolls into ditch and cries.






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