National Geographic : 1937 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE WASP FACES TARANTULA FOR A DUEL TO THE DEATH Alighting between the frightened spider and its burrow, the tarantula hawk (page 50) holds victim at bay. Each is able to kill the other, for one carries a high-voltage sting and the other powerful jaws. But the odds are heavily in favor of the eager, confident wasp. Photographs by Lee Passmore ONE THRUST OF THE HIGH-POWERED STING AND THE FIGHT IS OVER By a quick strike-the speed of which has been likened to the snap of an electric spark-the tarantula hawk has paralyzed its adversary. The big spider now lies inert and entirely helpless.