pepsis wasp en Twelve Days of Christmas 2012 <p>Since tomorrow is the twelfth day of Christmas, I thought I&#39;d give you your belated gifts. Of course they&#39;re all part of L.A.&#39;s surprising biodiversity, yes even those&nbsp;turtle wasps!</p> <p>Twelve <a href="/nature/blog/weevil-weevil-does-total-agave-meltdown" target="_blank">weevils</a> wandering<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ants cockroach Cooper's Hawk crab spider Greater Yellow Underwing pepsis wasp phorid flies spittlebugs squirrel Twelve days of christmas wasps weevil Yellow-rumped Warbler Blog Sat, 05 Jan 2013 05:48:00 +0000 admin 707 at Psycho Spider Killer: What is It? <div>I&#39;ve been waiting an entire month to write this post, and maybe my entire life to&nbsp;entomologically riff off a Talking&nbsp;Heads song title!&nbsp;On Monday, October 1, I found a large tarantula hawk wasp (a.k.a Pepsis wasp)&nbsp;on some flowering Baccharis in&nbsp;the North&nbsp;Campus. This&nbsp;blue wasp´╗┐ with orange wings was&nbsp;the first&nbsp;of its kind spotted in our new gardens, and is indeed a spider killer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/tarantulahawk.JPG" /></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Insects of the Los Angeles Basin Justin O. Schmidt pepsis wasp Schmidt sting pain index spiders tarantula hawk tarantulas Blog Thu, 01 Nov 2012 05:36:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 714 at