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Scary wasp

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By Davehood at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

If you don’t like bugs, this one may not be for you. Have you ever been stung by a wasp? Painful? It’s not nearly the pain you’d experience if you’d been stung by the Tarantula Hawk. This ginormous wasp has the most painful sting on the planet, according to the Schmidt pain index.

What in the world requires this insect to be so bad-assed? It hunts tarantulas! This wasp attacks tarantulas and lays eggs inside, which grow in the host, eventually emerging and devouring it. Ain’t nature beautiful? Here is video of a battle between a Tarantula Hawk and its prey. These are tough little things!

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