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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Arthropods
Melanopterus belfragei (Seed bug)



 Melanopterus belfragei

(Seed bug)

Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hemiptera
Family Lygaeidae
Genus Melanopterus
species belfragei

The female Tarantula hawk wasp paralyzes a tarantula, with its sting, and lays a single egg on the abdomen of the spider. The first meal for the newly hatched grub is the live spider. The Tarantula hawk wasp has the most painful sting of any wasp, hornet or bee in North America.


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Natural History of the Sonoran Desert and Refuge