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Taken in my backyard in Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS.

The well named tarantula hawks belong to a group of wasps that specialize in paralyzing spiders to feed their larvae. They are active and nervously flick their wings as if aware of the danger of taking on a hairy tarantula many times their own size. But spiders are easier to subdue than other prey because they have a major nerve center on the underside of the body; a single well-aimed sting can put them out of commission. The battle between a tarantula and one of these wasps can last a long time, but it generally ends in victory for the smaller and more agile wasp.

Females hunt for tarantula, sting and paralyze them, dig burrows, and bury spiders and eggs. Larvae feed on the spiders and pupate in burrows, then emerge as adults. One generation a year.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Remarkable shot of this dangerous critter. You wonder how they develop such intricate behaviors. Making use of the materials at hand, I guess!

  • I could think of different ways too I guess. It was very interesting to learn about this wasp. Beautiful and deadly!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Fascinating capture and information Kimberly.

  • hey are a unique insect no doubt! Thanks ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 4 years ago

    Wow, what great information on this, Tarantula Hawk, I have never heard of it, your capture is awesome…..Laura

  • They are very big, scary and beautiful! Thank you Laura so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Cupertino
    Cupertinoover 4 years ago

    You have some very interesting animals in Arizona. I would need Depends if I lived where you live!

  • That is hilarious C, thanks for making my smile and laugh! I appreciate your visit as well as your sense of humor my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jim Sugrue
    Jim Sugrueover 4 years ago

    I’m with Cupertino! You photograph why I stay on the East Coast! Great shot Kimberly!

  • LMAO! Well then it is a good thing that you will be prepared if you ever make it to the desert……Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 4 years ago

    Another brilliant capture. Your narratives are just as interesting as the pictures. love it. Wayne

  • I do so appreciate your support darlin, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991almost 4 years ago

    This is a Fantastic Capture!! Wow.. in your back yard!!! We have nothing like this in England! Its amazing! Michaela

  • They are gorgeous and scary all Thank you for stopping by Michala and leaving great support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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