Tarantula Hawk

The mesquite is in flower and attracts dozens of tarantula hawks.  They are the New Mexico state insect.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA.

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4 Responses to Tarantula Hawk

  1. ambfoxx says:

    Beautiful. The contrast between wings and body. The tiny details. I’ve seen a lot of them on the trail while running at the lake.

  2. seabluelee says:

    Beautiful photo. I used to be rather frightened of those when I was a kid. I thought they were scary looking.

  3. azleader says:

    I did not know what a Tarantula Hawk was when I spent a half hour chasing one around near Phoenix, Arizona. I had to be within about 2 inches to get the shot. I’d have never chased it if I’d known it’s the most venomous insect in North America!!! lol!
    http://www.pbase.com/azleader/image/44436690.jpg

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