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Tarantula Hawk I requested a species creation on Pepsis thisbe. Bug guide suggest this is the mostly candidate. <a href="http://bugguide.net/node/view/3975" rel="nofollow">http://bugguide.net/node/view/3975</a><br />
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Notes:<br />
Tarantula hawk stings are considered to be the most painful of any North American insect. Christopher Starr wrote an article entitled, &quot;A Pain Scale for Bee, Wasp and Ant Stings.&quot; On a scale of one to four, Pepsis formosa was one of only two insects to rate a four. This compares with a one for a Solenopsis xyloni (desert fire ant), two for a Apis mellifera (honey bee) and three for a Dasymutilla klugii (velvet ant).<br />
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One researcher described the tarantula hawk&rsquo;s sting this way: &quot;To me, the pain is like an electric wand that hits you, inducing an immediate, excruciating pain that simply shuts down one&rsquo;s ability to do anything, except, perhaps, scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations. The pain for me lasted only about three minutes, during which time the sting area was insensitive to touch, i.e., a pencil point poked near the sting resulted only in a dull deep pressure pain.&quot;<br />
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Tarantula Hawk

I requested a species creation on Pepsis thisbe. Bug guide suggest this is the mostly candidate. http://bugguide.net/node/view/3975

Notes:
Tarantula hawk stings are considered to be the most painful of any North American insect. Christopher Starr wrote an article entitled, "A Pain Scale for Bee, Wasp and Ant Stings." On a scale of one to four, Pepsis formosa was one of only two insects to rate a four. This compares with a one for a Solenopsis xyloni (desert fire ant), two for a Apis mellifera (honey bee) and three for a Dasymutilla klugii (velvet ant).

One researcher described the tarantula hawk’s sting this way: "To me, the pain is like an electric wand that hits you, inducing an 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. The pain for me lasted only about three minutes, during which time the sting area was insensitive to touch, i.e., a pencil point poked near the sting resulted only in a dull deep pressure pain."

Read more: http://www.desertusa.com/insects/tarantula-hawks.html#ixzz4D0vNszbt

    comments (3)

  1. Thanks for the thorough research, this is an excellent photo and overall post. I wonder how it holds up to the bullet ant :)

    Bullet Ant rage in the Amazon Bullet Ants are known to have one of the most painful bites of all insects, causing 24 hours of pure agony. They are everywhere in the Amazon jungle, usually at the base of trees in populations of a few hundred. In this case, our guide tapped this tree to wake them up. This results in a panic in the nest, with soldiers attacking the source of the noise. They are incredibly fast and very large. Beware. Amazon,Ants,Brazil,Bullet Ants,Geotagged,Paraponera clavata,insects
    Posted 3 years ago
  2. Marvelous species and photo, cheers! Posted 3 years ago
  3. This species is especially gruesome in how it attacks tarantulas, paralyzes them, and then lays an egg on the paralyzed spider which when it hatches - eats the spider alive. Posted 2 years ago

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Pepsis thisbe is a spider wasp in the Pepsis genus.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Stephen Philips

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Uploaded Jun 29, 2016. Captured Jun 27, 2016 09:41 in E Britton Way, Tucson, AZ 85739, USA.
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • f/5.6
  • 1/400s
  • ISO100
  • 349mm