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What in the World is a Tarantula Hawk?

What in the World is a Tarantula Hawk?

When you hear of a tarantula hawk the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a hawk that eats tarantulas.   But you’d be wrong.  It is a spider wasp which hunts tarantulas. Tarantulas have earned a deadly reputation as a predator capable of killing mice, lizards and small birds.  But the spiders are known to run in fear from the tarantula hawk.   The tarantula hawk wasp preys on its namesake, engaging in a ferocious battle that leads…

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THE ACORN WOODPECKER ~ SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERTS

THE ACORN WOODPECKER ~ SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERTS

The Acorn Woodpecker is  named after its diet of acorns. These birds utilize a communal granary or acorn tree to store or cache their live oak acorns from season to season. Being skillful at drilling holes is one of their gifts. Their “social networking” group tends to the acorns, moving them to the right size holes as the acorns dry out and shrink.   Another job is to protect and defend their cache from robbers like the Western Scrub Jays….

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