Arizona is home to many dangerous and often poisonous animals and insects. Now, a nine-year-old boy who seriously knows his stuff has narrated a terrifying battle between an enormous tarantula and a tarantula hawk wasp on camera.
I suppose you would become an overnight expert if these creepy crawlies lived in your backyard.
Tarantulas are actually very docile creatures. Their bite is similar to that of a bee sting and isn’t a problem for most people. The sting of a tarantula hawk wasp, however, is the second most painful sting in the insect world!
The sting will not kill a human, but it will hurt a lot. Only an encounter with a bullet ant will offer a more painful experience.
“I felt excited to see it in action – it’s not rare that it happens, but it’s rare to get to see it happen right in front of you,” nine-year-old Cash said, crouching down to watch the encounter live.
I don’t know about you, but I think I’d rather keep my distance. Perhaps very quickly moving in the opposite direction would be a good idea, but this brave young boy stayed to watch the encounter in all its terrifying glory.
The footage was captured by a family in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Karen and Matthew Perry, along with their two children, Cash and Cadence, stumbled upon the insect encounter while out for a hike.
Young Cash narrates sections of the video and is particularly informative about the creatures. “The tarantula hawk is trying to paralyze the tarantula so that it could drag it back to its burrow and lay an egg on its abdomen,” he said.
The two bugs battle it out for a full four minutes before the tarantula finally succumbs to the tarantula hawk wasp’s deadly sting. This particular type of wasp specifically hunts out tarantulas.
“When the egg hatches, it feeds off the still living tarantula until it becomes an adult wasp, which takes about a month. I wasn’t scared about the hawk paralyzing me, as it was so focused on the tarantula so I knew it wasn’t going to sting me.”
That being said, the entire Perry family remains safe and was likely not in any real danger. As long as the battling bugs were left alone, they were not going to have a sudden interest in human flesh.
Watch the entire epic battle through the safety of your screen here:
Some insects do attacks humans, such as the swarms of locusts in the unbelievable video below. See how fishermen in Russia were attacked when the air around them suddenly filled with thousands of flying locusts!
It looks like one of the plagues out of the Bible and has to be seen to be believed:
Locusts are a type of short-horned grasshopper with a swarming phase. Some do usually arrive every year to feed on crops, but locals believe that due to unusually warm weather, locust populations have exploded.
I hope I never have a creepy-crawly encounter like either of these…