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Old 07-21-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I found a dead insect in my yard that is is very big. It's body is all black with large black legs and has wings that look orange/brown. I've seen this bug in flight and laughed thinking it flew like a B52-bomber. Some folks might call it a June bug, but that doesn't really help me identify it because when I Googled June bug nothing matched.

I'm attaching two photos of him. So sorry his legs are pulled up under him because he is VERY large.

Thelma
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I'm pretty sure that's a tarantula hawk. They're pretty crazy, here's an article about them. Tarantula Hawks - DesertUSA
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas
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I agree. It's a tarantula hawk. They fly slowly and look like they'll fall from the air.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure that's a tarantula hawk. They're pretty crazy, here's an article about them. Tarantula Hawks - DesertUSA
I just read that article - OMH! That is like a SCI-FI movie! Glad their prey are tarantula instead of humans, but I will be sure to steer clear of them regardless.

Thanks for the informative link!
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Yep, by golly, that's what it is...a Tarantula Hawk Wasp. I thought it was a hilarious flying disaster waiting to happen but after reading the article, I'm so glad they are few and far between where I live! Being stung by one does NOT sound like an experience I want to have. I never thought I'd feel sorry for a spider but being eaten alive doesn't sound like much fun!
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: On the border, SW AZ
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T-Hawks have the most powerful sting of any insect in North America. Described as having an electic heater thrown in your tub. "The only thing you can do is lay on the ground and scream for 2 hours"... from a U of A researcher.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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That is quite the insect! Makes humans look harmless!
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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Thanx. I have lived here 32 years and never even heard of that. Reminds me of the movie "Alien". Would not want to be the tarantula.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I have an office at Ryan Field. I've seen several at a time flying slowly around there. They land near the watering heads and drink. They are pretty fast on the ground but, in the air they seem challenged. I will keep my distance. Thanks.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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I found a dead insect in my yard that is is very big. It's body is all black with large black legs and has wings that look orange/brown. I've seen this bug in flight and laughed thinking it flew like a B52-bomber. Some folks might call it a June bug, but that doesn't really help me identify it because when I Googled June bug nothing matched.

I'm attaching two photos of him. So sorry his legs are pulled up under him because he is VERY large.

Thelma
That might be the same wierd kind of flying thing I've been seeing that it's big for a bug but small for a bird and I can't tell if it's a bird or a bug. It flies by so fast I just catch quick glimpses of it enough to know it's something I never saw before and if it's a bug it's huge but if it's a bird then it's a tiny bird. If I can manage to catch sight of one not flying I will take a picture of it.

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T-Hawks have the most powerful sting of any insect in North America. Described as having an electic heater thrown in your tub. "The only thing you can do is lay on the ground and scream for 2 hours"... from a U of A researcher.
OMG!!!
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