Duets: Desert Tarantula Activity
The pepsis, a large wasp that is
often called a "tarantula hawk," is the tarantula's worst
enemy. When these two animals get together, the wasp is the
predator; the tarantula is the prey.
Fact #1: This wasp stings the tarantula to paralyze it.
Fact #2: Then it lays an egg on the tarantula and buries the spider
Fact #3: When the egg hatches, the grub, or baby wasp, eats the tarantula's
Question #1: Where do the tarantula and the pepsis share habitat?
Question #2: Do these wasps only pick on desert tarantulas?
Question #3: What are the enemies of tarantulas that live in other
parts of the world?
Investigation: QuestionsInvestigation: Answers
You can find the answers to these questions by
using the links on the Desert
Tarantula Resources page.
Link to the four sections of the Desert Duets Web site
the names and information pages
for the animals that particularly interest you.
|Choose an animal
other than the desert tarantula.
|Find out about that animal's enemies. List three
facts that you learned.
|List three questions you have
about the predator or the relationship between the predator and
|Conduct a further investigation
to answer your questions.
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Updated: 20 July 2009