tarantula hawk

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tarantula hawk

n.
Any of various large predatory wasps of the genera Pepsis and Hemipepsis, whose females have a painful sting and provision their nests with a paralyzed tarantula.
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To give you a flavour, the tarantula hawk wasp paralyses a spider, lays eggs inside it and the larvae eat it alive.
The hunting behavior of tarantula hawk wasps of the genus Pepsis (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) has been a topic of interest in both the popular and scientific literature since the early descriptions of Petrunkevitch (1926) and Passmore (1936).