Tarantula Hawk Wasp (Pepsis thisbe)

This is a large wasp with curled antennae and a very painful sting, classified in the family Pompilidae. It stings and paralyzes tarantulas to serve as food for its developing young. It was collected on a prickly pear cactus plant in Oatman, Arizona on January 5, 2015. This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P520 camera.

This is a large wasp with curled antennae and a very painful sting, classified in the family Pompilidae. It stings and paralyzes tarantulas to serve as food for its developing young. It was collected on a prickly pear cactus plant in Oatman, Arizona on January 5, 2015. This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P520 camera.

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Africanized Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata, Lepeletier)

Photographed on Brittlebush in Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona (3-4-13). Slightly smaller than European bees with black sripes around abdomen

Photographed on Brittlebush in Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona (3-4-13). Slightly smaller than European bees with black bands around abdomen

Honey bee colony in pole crack (likely AHB) in Chloride, Arizona. (3-21-13). Lady and her dog received many stings from this colony of bees.

Honey bee colony in pole crack (likely AHB) in Chloride, Arizona. (3-21-13). Lady and her dog received many stings from this colony of bees.

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Photographed on Brittlebush in Lake Havasu State Park in Lake Havasu City, Arizona (3-15-13)

Photographed on Brittlebush in Lake Havasu Sate Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona (3-6-13). See orange pollen on bee leg

Photographed on Brittlebush in Lake Havasu Sate Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona (3-6-13). See orange pollen on bee leg