Day 24. Tarantula

In September 2012 on September 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

The mere thought of a tarantula in all its walking-scrotum-like glory is enough to make me shake with revulsion.

Now my 9-year old son has upped the ante on the large spider foulness factor.

Yesterday he informed me there is such an insect as the Tarantula Hawk Wasp.  When ready to lay eggs, the female finds a nice big juicy tarantula, paralyses it and then lays eggs inside its abdomen. As the eggs mature and eventually hatch into larvae, the spiders’ body forms a safe place and a source of food for the wee babies. An alive safe place and source of food. Well, at least initially, anyway.

Tell me that’s not so utterly disgusting and wonderfully awesome all at the same time! So compelling that my kid recalled every detail learned on an episode of Deadly 60, and retold it to me with glee.

That’s what our new science curriculum needs. More Tarantula Hawk Wasps. You know it’s true.

[image thanks to cm195902 on flickr]


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