Entomology (Study of Bugs)/great black wasp

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I saw this bug dragging a spider. I did some quick searching and think its agreat black wasp. However, what I found says they are in the continental United States except for the NW. I live in Seattle.... it may be hard from this pic, but can you identify this bug? It did drop the spider and fly off. Then ut came back looking for it and found it.

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Trevor,

I can't see this clearly enough to id however there are many species of wasps that hunt spiders as prey. In fact a common name for one particular species of a large wasp is "tarantula hawk". There are species of spider-hunting wasps in the PNW.

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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