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Tarantula Wars: Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis Wasp) Attacks a Tarantula

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Published on Sep 17, 2007

A tarantula is out minding its own business one evening. Meanwhile, a big, bad, ugly Pepsis Wasp (AKA "Tarantula Hawk") is out looking for a suitable home in which to lay some eggs for hatching. The battle commences.

Video shot on a tiny camera phone (Sorry!) by Chris Kostman of http://www.adventurecorps.com. He was out on his bicycle in the Santa Ynez Valley (southern California) when he saw this crazy big wasp following a tarantula down the road. Chris had no idea what the wasp was, or what was going to happen (or what would happen later to the tarantula) when he pulled out his little phone and started recording (way before iPhones and quality video recording in phones.) He only learned about what he'd seen after Googling around later that day. A few days later, he emailed each of the short video clips from his phone to his brother Keith, who put them together as you see here.

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