tarantula hawk

noun
variants: or

tarantula killer

Definition of tarantula hawk

  1. :  a large wasp of the genus Pepsis (family Pompilidae); especially :  any of several solitary wasps of the southwestern U.S. that capture tarantulas as food for their young

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