Sceliphron

Belongs within: Sphecidae. Sceliphron, the mud daubers, is a genus of mostly black-and-yellow wasps that build free-standing mud nests in sheltered locations. They have been divided between subgenera Sceliphron and Prosceliphron with the latter characterised by the presence of cerci and a short hypostomal carina (Bohart & Menke 1976). The misplaced mud-dauber Published 9 August 2023 Wasps of… Continue reading Sceliphron

Sphex

Belongs within: Sphecidae. Sphex is a cosmopolitan genus of medium-sized to very large, ground-nesting wasps that provision their nests with various Orthoptera. The majority of species are included in the subgenus Sphex, with the smaller subgenus Fernaldina differing in the absence of cerci and of a spiracular groove on the propodeum (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart… Continue reading Sphex

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Sphecidae

Belongs within: Apoidea.Contains: Ammophilinae, Sphex, Isodontia, Prionyx, Palmodes, Chalybion, Sceliphron, Penepodium, Podium. The Sphecidae, thread-waisted wasps, are a group of often large wasps whose gaster bears a more or less elongate petiole that is usually composed of the first gastral sternite only. Historically, the name has been used to cover all apoid wasps (i.e. Apoidea… Continue reading Sphecidae

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Prionyx

Belongs within: Sphecidae. Prionyx is a cosmopolitan genus of wasps, most diverse in the Mediterranean region and southwest Asia, that prey on grasshoppers of the family Acrididae (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Flagellomere I sometimes equal to II or II longer than I in some males; male flagellomeres plain or… Continue reading Prionyx

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Isodontia

Belongs within: Sphecidae. Isodontia is a cosmopolitan genus of wasps, most diverse in the Oriental and Neotropical regions, that mostly nest in pre-existing cavities such as hollow plant stems or crevices between rocks (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Two or more flagellomeres of male with flat or curved placoids which… Continue reading Isodontia

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Chalybion

Belongs within: Sphecidae. Chalybion is a subcosmopolitan genus (absent in South America and most of Australia) of metallic blue or black-and-yellow wasps that nest in pre-existing cavities such as holes in wood or crevices in walls (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976): Lower three-fifths of inner orbit usually straight, curving in… Continue reading Chalybion

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Ammophilinae

Belongs within: Sphecidae.Contains: Parapsammophila, Podalonia. The Ammophilinae are a group of rather large wasps with a long, slender gaster and usually a long petiole. Tarsi commonly lack plantulae and claws are most commonly simple or have a single basal tooth (Bohart & Menke 1976). Characters (from Bohart & Menke 1976, as Ammophilini): Sockets near middle… Continue reading Ammophilinae

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