Only in New Mexico would a predator like this — a wasp over an inch long which is said to have such an excruciating sting that it incapacitates grown men — be elevated to the status of “state insect.” I admit it’s beautiful in its way, but eeeek!!!! I happened upon it during my amble through the foothills this morning.

Tarantula Hawk Wasp on Milkweed

Tarantula Hawk Wasp on Milkweed