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Tarantula Hawk

 

Origami Tarantula Hawk

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  June, 2009

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Tarantula Hawk Base

Design Reference:

Real Tarantula Hawk

 

This particularly large variety of wasp is named a "Tarantula Hawk" because it hunts and kills tarantulas.  Not only is this one of the world's largest wasps, its sting is also rated as one of the most painful of any insect.  From a design standpoint, I am not really sure this is distinguishable from other species of wasps because the defining characteristic is the size (my model is approximately the same size as the wasp on the hand), but I named my model after this one because I felt that any wasp which kills tarantulas is so cool that it deserves an origami model named after it.