National Geographic : 1937 Jul
Photograph byLee Passmore SIPPING NECTAR FROM A PEPPER BOUGH, THIS YOUNG TARANTULA HAWK IS AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD-BUT HER DISPOSITION WILL CHANGE! Today she basks in the sunshine, flits about aimlessly, and seems to take little interest in the life around her.Soon, however, herentire nature will alter. A steely-blue killer driven by the mother instinct, she will hunt out and attack her natural prey-the large and formidable tarantula. Conquering thegiant spider infair fight, she will seal its paralyzed body in a dungeon to serve as food for her young (pages 52, 53, and 55). The antennae of this wasp (Pepsis mildei) suggest spectacles.