Habitat: India to Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas
Want to know just exactly what they do to their prey? Well… since you asked…
Tarantula hawks will find a juicy female tarantula and proceed to paralyze the spider then drag it back to its burrow. A single egg is laid upon the tarantula and the entrance to the burrow is sealed, basically trapping the spider with the carnivorous larva. Once it hatches, the larva digs into the spider, voraciously feeding on it from the inside out while avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep it “fresh.” After it’s done, the adult wasp will emerge from the burrow ready to repeat the gruesome cycle.
How absolutely what the %$@! is that?!!?