Tarantula Hawks are very cool insects. Most of the ones in Arizona, have bright red-orange wings, but there are black-winged varieties. They also reportedly have one of the most painful insect stings, but fortunately are not
aggressive toward humans. They will actively hunt tarantulas as food for their young. Once paralyzed, they will drag the tarantula down into a burrow, and lay a single egg on the spider’s abdomen. Then when the wasp larvae hatch, they have a fresh meal to feed upon. Very interesting behavior! In any case, I found the following great video which shows a classic battle between a wasp and the Tarantula on You Tube. Hope you guy’s find this stuff as fascinating as I do!