Liris

Belongs within: Larrini. Liris is a diverse, cosmopolitan genus of mostly black, ground-nesting wasps that usually take crickets of the family Gryllidae as prey. Prey is lightly paralysed before being transported to the nest which is often a pre-existing cavity (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Upper inner angle of eye… Continue reading Liris

Larropsis

Belongs within: Larrini. Larropsis: letting your prey do the work for you Published 12 June 2024 Keen-eyed wanderers in sandier regions of North America may observe wasps of the family Crabronidae going about their business, visiting flowers and hunting prey with which to stock their nests. Among the members of this family unique to this… Continue reading Larropsis

Crabronini

Belongs within: Crabronidae.Contains: Williamsita, Enoplolindenius (Iskutana), Podagritus (Podagritus), Podagritus (Echuca), Podagritus (Parechuca), Encopognathus, Entomognathus (Mashona), Anacrabro, Rhopalum (Rhopalum), Rhopalum (Calceorhopalum), Rhopalum (Corynopus), Rhopalum (Latrorhopalum), Dasyproctus, Neodasyproctus, Foxita, Ectemnius, Lestica (Solenius), Lindenius, Crabro, Crossocerus (Crossocerus), Crossocerus (Ablepharipus), Crossocerus (Blepharipus), Crossocerus (Cuphopterus), Crossocerus (Microcrabro). The Crabronini are a diverse group of wasps characterised by a large, cuboidal head,… Continue reading Crabronini

Williamsita

Belongs within: Crabronini. The subgenus Androcrabro of the genus Williamsita is an Australasian group of wasps with a modified antenna in the male (Bohart & Menke 1976). On Williamsita Published 28 May 2022 A while back, I wrote a post about the crabronid wasp genus Podagritus. This time, I’m going to cover another crabronid genus… Continue reading Williamsita

Rhopalum (Rhopalum)

Belongs within: Crabronini. The type subgenus of the genus Rhopalum is a widespread group of wasps characterised having the first gastral segment usually apically nodose, and a dull pygidial plate in the female (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Elongate form, head and thorax shining; eyes bare, inner orbits convergent below;… Continue reading Rhopalum (Rhopalum)

Podagritus (Echuca)

Belongs within: Crabronini. The subgenus Echuca of the genus Podagritus is an Australian group of wasps, distinguished from other members of the genus by a flat prepectus and low metapleuron (Bohart & Menke 1976). Podagritus in Australia Published 31 October 2020 The digger wasps of the tribe Crabronini are a widespread group distinguished by a… Continue reading Podagritus (Echuca)

Rhopalum (Corynopus)

Belongs within: Crabronini. The subgenus Corynopus of the genus Rhopalum is a group of wasps, widespread but most diverse in Australia, characterised by a flat and shiny pygidial plate in the female (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Elongate form, head and thorax shining; eyes bare, inner orbits convergent below; scapal… Continue reading Rhopalum (Corynopus)

Crabronidae

Belongs within: Apoidea.Contains: Sericophorus, Bothynostethini, Solierella, Miscophus, Oxybelini, Crabronini, Palarus, Plenoculus, Paranysson, Larrini, Lyroda, Sphodrotes, Trypoxylini, Nitela. The Crabronidae are a group of apoid wasps restricted by Sann et al. (2018) on the basis of molecular data to a clade including members of the genus Dinetus together with the subfamilies Crabroninae and Larrinae as recognised… Continue reading Crabronidae

Lyroda

Belongs within: Crabronidae. Lyroda is a genus of slender, ground-nesting wasps that provision their nests with crickets of the families Gryllidae and Tetrigidae (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Inner orbits essentially parallel or converging above; antenna elongate, scape usually short and stout, flagellomeres longer than broad, those of male unmodified;… Continue reading Lyroda

Nitela

Belongs within: Crabronidae. Nitela is a widespread genus of very small, mostly black crabronid wasps with markedly reduced wing venation. Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Inner orbits converging above: inner and/or outer orbits sometimes margined by a carina; eyes sometimes with a fine pubescence; antenna variable, pedicel, and flagellomeres usually longer than broad: antennal… Continue reading Nitela