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Pepsis mildei

Female Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis mildei) feeding on scale-broom (Lepidospartum squamatum). San Gabriel Mountains, California. August 26, 2001. The Tarantula Hawk's fierce appearance belies the fact that it is a strict vegetarian in the adult stage. The females are more than twice the size of the males. This one is about 3.5cm long. This species is very easy to catch when feeding on the scale-broom.

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