Flamed Tarantula-hawk Wasp

Hemipepsis ustulata

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Hemipepsis ustulata is a species of tarantula hawk native to the Southwestern United States. Tarantula hawks are a large, conspicuous family of long-legged wasps which prey on tarantulas. They use their long legs to grapple with their prey before paralyzing them with a powerful sting. Their stings are ranked second-most painful in the insect world. The tarantula hawk is also the state insect of New Mexico. They are a solitary wasp species, displaying lekking territorial behavior...

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