We ran across this wild scene the other day.
The waspy- fly like thing you see is a ‘Tarantula Wasp,’ and its prey, of all things, is a Tarantula. Well, Prey is the wrong word. The wasp temporarily paralyzes the tarantula with its sting, and drags it to a specially prepared nest. It then lays an egg in the tarantula’s abdomen, which soon hatches a small wasp larva. The larva then eats its way through the tarantula, avoiding the vital organs, keeping it alive as long as possible. Eventually, after a few weeks, the wasp breaks free of the tarantula as it becomes an adult.
Oh, and the sting of the wasp has been described as “immediate, excruciating pain that simply shuts down one’s ability to do anything, except, perhaps, scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations.”
Good thing we didn’t know about that as I filmed it.
-Hermes & Lotus
P.S. We’re in Wrightwood, CA, 369 miles North of the border, and its day 23!