They say Dog bites Man isn’t news but Man bites Dog is news. You know we love our tarantulas and even have our own species-the New River rust rump.
Here’s one we saw this morning. The adults eat nectar and pollen but when it comes to reproduction, they go nasty. The female finds a tarantula hole (like this one in our back yard) and stings the spider and lays an egg in the spider itself.
When the egg hatches, it starts eating the spider alive. Therefore, it’s news when an insect eats a big spider. What does all this have to do with anything? The tarantula wasp isn’t aggressive but if threatened, it can sting. We haven’t had a sting yet but it’s supposed to be the most painful sting of any insect-but it goes away in a few minutes. This has to do with us because Kaci loves to race around the yard trying to catch one-they’re not fast flyers. All she has to do is catch one and she’ll stop chasing the wasps because she isn’t stupid.