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Jaime Culebras's Image

Jaime was shocked to see this tarantula hawk wasp dragging its prey across his kitchen floor. He rushed to get his camera. By the time he returned, the giant wasp was hoisting the spider up the side of the refrigerator.

Tarantula hawk wasps are said to have one of the most painful stings on the planet, deadly when used on a spider. They mainly feed on nectar and pollen, but female wasps hunt tarantulas as food for their carnivorous larvae.

Behind the lens

Jaime Culebras

Jaime Culebras


Jaime has a bachelor's in biology, an MSc in environmental education and an MSc in biodiversity and conservation of tropical areas. He has been living in Ecuador for over nine years, where he works as a reptile and amphibian researcher and nature photographer. He has won numerous photography and conservation awards.

Image details

  • Sony ILCE-7M3
  • 90mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/100 sec at f16  •   ISO 250 Yongnuo flash
  • Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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