Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association's mission is to support Cuyamaca Rancho and Palomar Mountain State Parks. As an IRS registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, CRSPIA uses your tax deductible donations to provide these parks with interpretive and educational materials that normal funding channels may not be able to supply.
A female tarantula hawk captures, stings, and paralyzes a tarantula, then drags the prey back to her nest. She lays a single egg on the spider’s abdomen, and covers the entrance. When the wasp larva hatches, it enters the stunned tarantula. It feeds for as long as possible, keeping the spider alive by avoiding vital organs . The larva then develops into a pupa, and finally, becomes an adult, when it emerges from the spider's abdomen to continue the life cycle. Males do not hunt.
They seldom bother humans, but their sting is very painful if administered.
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A Note About our Website.
Thank you for visiting CRSPIA.org! It is our goal to provide you with current and relevant information about CRSPIA and the Park through our Website. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the website, please contact me; my contact information is on the “Contacts” page.
Message from Webmaster:
Please be aware that CRSPIA has not authorized any other fundraising site or organization to collect funds.
We have discovered two sites that purport to collect money for '.org' sites in a specific community. If you search for organizations in Julian, or any other community, these sites present a button that allows an internet user to "donate" money to the selected organization. These sites then keep some portion of the donated amount and try to negotiate with the organization before they release the donated funds.
CRSPIA.org is the only site you should use to donate money from your PayPal or credit card account. If you run into one of these other fund-raising sites, please do not use it.