This is a really horrifying video, so if you’re arachnophobic or queasy in general, you might want to skip it. I was strolling down my driveway in the Blue Ridge Mountains when I witnessed this drama. A dramatically beautiful wasp with red and blue iridescent wings had been hanging around my shrubbery for a few days. I am very glad now that I did not try to catch it, because its sting is said to be so painful that all you can do is lie there and scream, sort of like a taser. So I’m walking down my driveway and I see this wasp doing sort of a victory dance, and next to it is….a TARANTULA???? In Western North Carolina? Camouflaged like the forest floor??? About two inches long?? I pinched myself. Ok. I have seen this drama played out in New Mexico, where the tarantula was, you know, tarantula size, and the wasp was as big as the tarantula. They fought together, the wasp dive-bombing the tarantula until it goaded the spider into standing up, exposing its abdomen, and the wasp swooped in and stung it in the abdomen. In a matter of moments, the spider was paralyzed, and the wasp triumphantly hauled it off under a rock, where it–she, really, would lay her eggs in the paralyzed but still alive spider’s abdomen. The eggs hatch into larvae, which live on the still-living spider’s juices until the spider dies and the newly-molted wasps emerge from its body. Awful, huh?
I made the video on a Galaxy Tab which I happened to have in my hand when I saw it. The trailer was made in iMovie.