Tarantula Hawk Wasp

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This thing kills tarantulas by stinging them & paralyzing them. Then they drag the body into a hole, put a fucking egg into it & buries it. When the egg hatches, it fucking eats the tarantula.

On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, it scores a 4.0, which is described as “blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.”

The only scores higher than a 4.0 is:
4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.

These things are in my neighborhood and they scare the shit out of me.

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    1. is it fake?
      why are you holding it?

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    2. I have a fear of bees and wasps, and I’ve never gotten stung by either. If i ever saw this thing anywhere near me, I would probably pass out by it just flying by.

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    3. Who in their right mind would hold that thing?

      Damn.

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    4. HOLY…. FUCKING SHIT FUCKS

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    5. terrifying bug is fucking terrifying.

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    6. And suddenly I’m pleased I live in boring northern Europe, where the most dangerous animal we have is a cow. If it falls on top of you.

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    7. Where the fuck do you live, the Land of the Lost??

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    8. You mean THE PANSY WASP! HAW!

      Read up on the Irukandji Jellyfish and the syndrome its sting produces, called Irukandji Syndrome. It is seldom fatal, but is nevertheless one of the most painful experiences a human can endure. In order to prove that the jellyfish was the cause of the syndrome, Dr. Jack Barnes captured one and deliberately stung himself, his son, and a local lifeguard, and observed the symptoms.

      Irukandji syndrome includes an array of systemic symptoms including severe headache, backache, muscle pains, chest and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, sweating, anxiety, hypertension, and pulmonary edema. Symptoms generally abate in 4 to 30 hours, but may take up to two weeks to resolve completely.

      There you go. 4 to 30 hours of the most intense pain a human being could ever endure caused by a jellyfish roughly 2mm in overall length. And yeah, most of the above was ripped from Wikipedia.

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    9. wow look at its antenae. cool! characteristics of both Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera

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    10. well, i would say that he most likely lives in the south western US, something along the lines of California or New Mexico. That’s where they’re pretty common.

      Need a fly swatter the size of a baseball bat and you’re good to go.
      Whap, whap, whap…

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    11. K I L L I T W I T H F I R E ! ! !

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    12. I second robustion’s request.

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    13. So basically it’s the tarantula Airborne Division? With stingers? Fuck me, if I saw one of those things I’d give it my wallet and run.

      “When the egg hatches, it fucking eats the tarantula” yeah, then it goes on a rampage through downtown Los Angeles and has to be destroyed with nukes. I’m with zipfer on the ‘thank god we have boring wildlife here’ Northern Europe ticket =)

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    14. @ DemolitionsGeek

      Saw a documentary on Irukandji. I agree that that would probably be worse, but at least I’d be safe from it on dry land. That fucking wasp… I’m already sweating. Ha.

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    15. @ inan
      I’d assume that is a dead one.

      @velador
      I have lived in Southern California for my entire life, and I have never seen anything close to that monster. And I pray I never will.

      Never been stung by a bee or wasp and it somehow turned into a fear, I always puss out when I see anything with a stinger flying around me.

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    16. What about… A giant Wasp with Jelly fish in it’s mouth and a shark riding an elephant shooting the wasp/jellyfish team at you. Yeah, that…

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    17. holy shit dude, that is one fierce looking creature. i would let it sting me just to see how it feels lol.

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    18. I see ’em here in Arizona sometimes… they leave humans alone. I’ve never had one show any interest in me, anyway. Regular-sized wasps are much scarier cuz they’ll attack your ass on a whim.

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    19. @Cargen:

      Well, according to Schmidt’s Sting Pain Index it should feel like: “a running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath”.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmidt_Sting_Pain_Index

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    20. Is it bad that the pain index descriptions make me giggle? I mean, come on, those descriptions are SO full of win.

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    21. We have these in Central California. That one is god damn huge; most are about the size of your thumb, but I still wouldnt want to be stung by one.

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    22. Now THAT’s a wasp… look at the size of the stinger on that thing…!!

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    23. Fuck that thing. Fire is the answer…

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