Belongs within: Gorytina. Lestiphorus is a cosmopolitan, but primarily Holarctic, genus of finely sculpted wasps with a pedunculate abdomen, long antennae and often spotted wings (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Moderate-sized wasps; inner eye margins essentially parallel, least interocular distance two to three times median clypeal length; mandible with an… Continue reading Lestiphorus


Belongs within: Bembicina. Stictia is a New World genus of sand wasps that commonly provision their nests with horse flies (Tabanidae; Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Flagellomere I about as long as scape or a little shorter; eyes with inner margins slightly wider below than above; ocelli completely reduced, midocellar… Continue reading Stictia

Categorised as Bembicidae


Belongs within: Stizini. Stizus is a genus of medium-sized to large wasps found in Eurasia, North America and Africa that provision their nests with Orthoptera or mantids. Members of the genus are fairly generalised in appearance with subparallel inner eye margins (Bohart & Menke 1976). The Stizus sand wasps Published 4 July 2021 Some years… Continue reading Stizus

Categorised as Bembicidae


Belongs within: Gorytina. Gorytes is a genus of medium-sized to large wasps that provision their nests with leafhoppers (Auchenorrhyncha). Species are found in Eurasia, North America and Africa with the highest diversity in the Palaearctic realm. Nests (where known) are burrows about 12 cm deep with up to four cells per burrow (Bohart & Menke… Continue reading Gorytes

Categorised as Bembicidae


Belongs within: Nyssonini. Nysson is a genus of kleptoparasitic wasps found primarily in Eurasia and North America (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Clypeal apex thin, labrum not much exserted; flagellum various; frons plain above antennal bases or rarely with a raised point, inner eye margins strongly or moderately converging below,… Continue reading Nysson

Categorised as Bembicidae


Belongs within: Bembicidae. A simple sand wasp Published 21 October 2022 Meet Argogorytes. Sand wasps of this genus may be found around the world, being known from all continental regions except sub-Saharan Africa (Bohart & Menke 1976). Over 25 species have been described to date though the genus is poorly revised in many places. Argogorytes… Continue reading Argogorytes


Belongs within: Bembicidae.Contains: Stizus, Stizoides. The Stizini are a group of rather stout wasps that prey on Orthoptera, mantids or Auchenorrhyncha (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Eyes converging below (sometimes only slightly), ocelli well developed. Labrum exserted but exposed area broader than long, palpal formula 6-4. Scutum with admedian lines… Continue reading Stizina


Belongs within: Bembicidae. Clitemnestra is a genus of smaller wasps found in Australia and South America, members of which provision their nests (when known) with Auchenorrhyncha (Bohart & Menke 1976). A skinny waist is not that important Published 9 December 2014 It’s time for another post on crabronid wasps! The hard-working individual in the photo… Continue reading Clitemnestra


Belongs within: Apoidea.Contains: Alyssontini, Nyssonini, Heliocausina, Ammatomus, Stizini, Bembicina, Sphecius, Clitemnestra, Ochleroptera, Argogorytes, Gorytina. The Bembicidae are a diverse group of apoid wasps whose members commonly possess an oblique carina near the rear corners of the scutum and/or two spurs on the mid tibiae (Bohart & Menke 1976). Wasps in the sand Published 14 October 2014… Continue reading Bembicidae


Belongs within: Bembicidae. The Alyssontini are a group of small, slender wasps found in Eurasia, Africa and North America that stock their nests with species of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera) (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976, as Alyssonini): Eyes broadly separated, inner orbits essentially parallel or converging slightly below; ocelli well developed. Labrum… Continue reading Alyssontini